By Eleanor Leonne Bennett
I was in New Mills in early 2011, when I clicked the black and white photograph depicting a garden in ruins. I felt irony that day due to the surrounding looking like they had been completely trashed whilst the lions on guard sit there useless and frozen. I have always liked silver birch trees. Naturally unusual with their silvery peeling bark. When I was young my Dad once spray painted one silver and the tree eventually withered away. I felt that instance was my first lesson in discovering natural beauty. When an object already has those desirable qualities why saturate them to the point of caricature?
The vintage weights interested me due to the tarnishing. I knew weights like that would have been used by Victorian shopkeepers. The location of that shot was also in New Mills (May 2012) at Mad Nana’s Sweet Shop. I have admiration for independent shopkeepers as times are very different to when weights and scales like those were used. I like vintage radios and capturing them in my camera is a different experience. The leafy green images, both taken at Lyme Park in Cheshire near to where I live, are what I loved. I’ve walked there for many years. I much prefer to walk than drive as you miss far too much in comparison to looking around you and absorbing the essence of your surroundings.
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is an internationally award winning photographer and artist who have won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland Trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in The Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United States and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited, having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Florida, Washington, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia and in The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010. She is 16-year-old.