Arne is one of my favourite places in Dorset by Jo Stephen

Arne is one of my favourite places in Dorset, at any time of year the woods, heath and saltmarshes are alive with wildlife and beautiful foliage. I love the colours of autumn best, foraging for chestnuts and searching for fungi.

Silver Birch Wood Arne by Jo Stephen

My passion is photographing trees and the silver birch woods at Arne are a favourite, a few steps off the path and you are lost in a choir of elegant, silvery barked trees, thick orange bracken and bright green mosses. Every vista holds a picture, and the woods are alive with deer, birds, squirrels, water voles, dragonflies and spiders, it is so easy to get completely lost in the moment and the conversations of nature.

Silver Birch by Jo Stephen

Silver Birch by Jo Stephen

When I walk in the woods I try to capture the folklore and the magic of a world before industry. Arne is so quiet; you can escape completely at times and feel a connection it is hard to feel elsewhere. I try to leave out any trace of man in my photography; I think I am looking for a world we haven’t touched, and although Arne is managed by the RSPB and is frequently visited it is still somewhere to be immersed in nature. I usually have a 70-300 lens and take most landscape shots with that, this allows me to see closer into a view without disturbing and be able to turn and take a picture of the deer that was just startled in an instant.

Silver birch by Jo Stephen

Silver birch by Jo Stephen

 

Shed photographer Caroline Collett has two images about to reach a wider audience.

‘Meadowsweet Husks’ has been selected to be the cover image of a new book of Urdu Short Stories, published this autumn by Kitaab Publishers in Singapore.  The book, ‘Nameless Lanes’ is an anthology of short stories, selected and translated into English by Syed Sarwar Hussain. ‘It came about because I met a Singapore-based writer called Zafar Anjum on an Arvon Foundation writing course in Devon in 2014’, Caroline explained. ‘When he set up his own publishing house, Kitaab, he asked if he might use some of my images and this is the first to be selected. It’s quite a thrill to see an image taken on my Devon lane transported to the other side of the world and used in this way.’

The image is available from Caroline’s ‘Plants and Flowers’ collection on The Shed Gallery:

Meadowsweet Husks by Caroline Collett

Meadowsweet Husks by Caroline Collett

A second image, ‘No Standing’, has been chosen by The London Photo Gallery to be part of an exhibition called ‘Youth Revisited’, to accompany a musical concert by the Ensemble Perpetuo in London’s Little Venice on October 8th.

The image can be purchased from The Shed here:

No Standing by Caroline Collett

No Standing by Caroline Collett