We’ve had the delight of fields of yellow surrounding us on the Hillside for a few months, but the sunflowers are finally being harvested.
Here in France they are called ‘Tournesol’ which literally means turn to the sun, and this is exactly what they do. For several weeks seas of bright yellow faces look up to the sun until gradually the colours change and begin to fade until the sunflower becomes completely black and ready to harvest. By the time this happens the heads of the flowers are turned down towards the earth almost as if they are hiding themselves in shame. I think they are still incredibly beautiful in their autumnal guise and I thought it would be an interesting change to take their portraits in this less glamorous and unfamiliar condition. As I was taking the pictures the reflected sunlight seemed to make the leaves glow a beautiful autumnal orange. I’d like to think the sunshine they’ve captured during their flowering time is forever stored away inside the flowers…..
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