Inspired by Autumn Leaves by Sir John Everett Millais


Members of Studio One’s Photography group have made their own photographs and animations in response to the Pre-Raphaelite Experiment. Studio One is an arts and health based organisation based in Wythenshawe. Members of the photography group are Julian Done, William Jameson, Ken Brierley, Amanda Carty, Jason Gallagher, Brian Kinsley and Helen O’Brien. The tutor is Simon Jones.

The images of burning leaves, smoke and flames reflect on Millais inspiration for the work from helping sweep up leaves during a visit to the poet Tennyson’s home in Novemeber 1854. The image showing the two people and the animation of the same subjects are connected with and inspired by notions of transience and the passing of time. Apparently Millais was reading Tennyson’s poem ‘The Princess’ at the time of making the painting. This is a verse from it.


Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean.

Tears from the depth of some divine despair

Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,

In looking on the happy Autumn-fields,

And thinking on the days that are no more.


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