Alex Hare Photography

Field Notes

The diversity of the Kent landscape is personified, I think, in this gloriously photogenic view of lavender in the Darenth Valley. Often associated with the vast fields on the Plateau de Valensole in Southern France this crop grows well in the chalky Kent soil under our temperate summer skies. From this position looking down towards the farmhouse the lines draw the eye nicely into the scene. I preferred morning light and a mixed forecast of summer clouds to add some drama in the sky and unpredictability with where the light would fall. Piercing through a gap in the clouds a shaft nicely illuminates the valley with a splash of warmth to bring an extra point of interest to the scene.

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