Flow­er­ing am­bi­tion

Anna Omiotek-Tott switched to a more cre­ative ca­reer, and dis­cov­ered a new pas­sion for photography in the process

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Hav­ing just turned 40 and been made re­dun­dant from my last teach­ing post, I de­cided to change my ca­reer, and en­rolled on a gar­den de­sign course at Capel Manor Col­lege. I’d bought my first D-SLR, a Nikon D90, a few months ear­lier, and I was over­joyed when we were asked to take pho­tos dur­ing our plant iden­ti­fi­ca­tion walks.

The course lasted three years, the col­lege gar­dens in En­field were ex­ten­sive, the plants plen­ti­ful, and I was hooked. I’d found a real pas­sion and be­came more of a gar­den pho­tog­ra­pher than a gar­den designer. I have now joined the Gar­den Me­dia Guild and Pro­fes­sional Gar­den Pho­tog­ra­phers’ As­so­ci­a­tion as a pro­ba­tion­ary mem­ber. Two con­sec­u­tive third places in the Sea­sonal cat­e­gory of the In­ter­na­tional Gar­den Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion in 2012 and 2013 were also very en­cour­ag­ing.

If plant por­trai­ture is my genre, spring is my sea­son. I am drawn to the new, fresh growth and del­i­cate pas­tel colours. With many flow­ers start­ing to bloom in Fe­bru­ary [1],[2], I en­joy a few months of chas­ing af­ter the tini­est of flow­ers with one of my macro lenses, hop­ing

01 Snow ing Ch erry Blos­som Nikon D800, Tam­ron 90mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/250 sec, f/3.2, ISO250

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