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The inspiration for this months portrait was pattern/rhythm/shape.

we went to the woods together for the first time in weeks, the heavy rain has just not stopped and he has been in a wheelchair now for four weeks.

this was the first dry, sunny  day we have had and we were both desperate to get out, only we did not get very far. we walked a little way down the track and made our way slowly and difficultly though the first puddle of mud, nearly tipping the wheelchair on it’s side… with the hope that the path would improve but it got worse and i could not even get us back the way we had come… so there we stayed between two very large puddles of mud, unsure exactly what to do next. we were happy to be outside, ecstatic to be in the woods and as we chatted Leaf held a dead bracken leaf in his hand unintentionally creating these beautiful patterns across his face. and i saw how is face should be wrapped in the forest that he loves so much.

and although we were happy we were realistically stuck, i hadn’t even brought my phone. whist we were both contemplating the fact that bringing a flask of tea would have been a good idea a lovely dog came bounding towards us followed by his equally lovely people.. they saved us. the man was strong enough to push the wheelchair through the mud and we were gratefully rescued.

There are seven photographers taking part in this months “twelve portraits” next in the group is Carrie Hyche

February 17, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Memphis Portrait Photographer, “It’s an Ice-cream World” » Memphis Photography Blog - […] enjoy the beautiful talented brilliant Surrey, UK photographer, Lili Love.  Don’t you love her […]

February 17, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Linda - Lili, I am speechless. I am so moved by this post, not just the images alone, but the words–thank you for sharing something so raw, real, and emotional. Beautiful in every way!

February 17, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Ginger - Lili, I love these. It looks like a fern leaf, my favorite. 😉 I love that you go for walks in the woods all the time. I love your story. Your words are always so inspiring. And I seriously hope that Leaf is out of his wheelchair!

February 17, 2014 - 6:08 pm

pamela joye - so very tender; honest; making lemonade out of a lemony situation. both of you. discovering and creating despite circumstances. these are truly beautiful and a are a portrait of a metaphor, of a time and place right now. please print these and place them where you can see them. xo

February 18, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Linsey - What a beautiful and creative black and white conversion. I love that despite the circumstances you were able to make something so beautiful.

February 24, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Sara Kelly - Lili, what a beautiful story. Such beautiful images: I had wanted to do something along these lines for our theme this time, but it never came together. This is so natural and organic, nothing fraudulent about it. I especially love the second one. He looks so happy!

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