I recently had a couple of spare hours and just needed to get out with my camera. I keep a list of places that are close by that I like to go to at such times. This time I chose to go to the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore, mostly because it is indoors and it was cold, wet and miserable outside.
I have visited the conservatory on several occasions and on my way there I thought about how I could create something that was different to what I had done before. Rather than creating images that would essentially be documentary records of the plants themselves I decided that I would focus more on details, particularly patterns, shapes and forms to see if I could create something that was more abstract. Additionally, since the sky was very overcast I thought about how the flat lighting might help bring out textures. I go through this same mental exercise each time when preparing for a photography trip. Although some may argue that this approach restricts creativity it helps me stay focused, especially when I only have a short period of time in which to work.
The following are a selection of the images I created during this short trip.