Seasons are what frame our lives. They affect our day-to day activities, what we wear, where we go, and even how we feel sometimes. Unfortunately, the ins and outs of everyday life often keep us from truly paying attention to the unique beauty and wonder that each season brings.
In his newest exhibit, The Dulwich Seasons, landscape photographer Max A Rush has taken the best of spring, summer, autumn, and winter in our beloved Dulwich, showcasing views from Ruskin Park, Dulwich Wood, and even a few secret spots of his choice. Showcased at the Jane Newbery Gallery, the prints are hung simply by paperclips on bare white walls. It’s almost difficult to believe that these were photographs taken with a camera, and not painted from someone’s imagination. The combination of colors in floating sunset skies, blooming flowers, and lush greenery provide settings that Mother Nature would be envious herself. When asked about when he gets inspired to shoot, Rush places his trust in spontaneity a lot of the time. “Sometimes I’ll just be driving and I’ll see something out of the corner of my eye, but when I go back it’s almost as though it looked better in that glimpse than when I returned for the photo,” he says.
One of my favorite (and least expected) parts of the exhibit were the photographs’ descriptions. Usually, captions are kept to-the-point and don’t include much except the title of the photo and where it was taken. Rush’s were detailed, colorful, and almost poetic in nature. I enjoyed reading Rush’s own descriptions almost as much as I enjoyed looking at the photographs themselves.
All of the prints in the exhibit (plus hundreds more) can be purchased on Max’s website, many of them included in the spring sale happening this very moment. If you are interested, the photographs pictured here are titled “The Height of Summer,” “Divided Circle In Winter,” and “Secret Glade after Autumn Rain.”
The Dulwich Seasons is on display until the 26 April, open Mon-Sat from 9:30-5:30 and Sunday from 11:30-4:30.