In the Eddie Chandler Gallery
Capturing Toadstools - by Bill Power
Autumn is magic. Summer turns to Winter; leaves fall and the end of another year draws nigh.
Quietly, gently, among dead leaves and pine needles, on broken branches, verdant moss and grassy margins, woodland toadstools briefly sparkle for a few hours or a few days before they rapidly rot and decay.
Toadstools are the fruiting bodies of fungi. They form a kingdom of life all of their own. Around 12,000 different species of fungi grow in Ireland, and when seen from the worm’s eye view many are delights to behold.
I capture toadstools at different times of day in challenging low-lighting conditions, without flash, using illumination techniques that I have developed through time and experimentation. Some grow in dappled light, others emerge beneath heavy canopies of leaves through which natural light sometimes casts a green hue.
Here you will see that I have selected twenty different species which illustrate a spectrum of colours from warm yellows and oranges, to muted browns and pinks, through to cooler lilacs, blues, purples and greys. Some are as small as a cent coin, others as large as a saucer and you can only appreciate their scale by looking at the moss and leaves around them. I have captured important aspects of each species. In some cases it’s their delicate gills, in others it’s their beautiful caps.
In Irish, toadstools are called ‘Fás aon oíche’ which means ‘Grown in One Night.’ This panel represents how my photography has grown over countless hours hunting in secluded places for toadstools that would otherwise remain unseen by other human eyes.
The Eddie Chandler Gallery is open every Saturday from 11:00 – 17:00.