Mark Edwards, 'Rotting Apples' from the series 'What Has Been Gathered Will Disperse'

Mark Edwards, 'Rotting Apples' from the series 'What Has Been Gathered Will Disperse'

Mark Edwards (born 1965)
'Rotting Apples' from the series 'What Has Been Gathered Will Disperse'
2004
C-print
Museum no. E.399-2005
Purchased through the Cecil Beaton Fund

This image of rotten apples lying on a peacock blue carpet was taken in a family garden on a Norfolk nature reserve. The owners use pieces of old carpet, often donated by a neighbouring Buddhist retreat, to cover the ground and keep down the weeds. The decorative juxtaposition of the natural with the man-made moved Mark Edwards to record the carpet as it became integrated into the fabric of the garden. This photograph hints at ideas of contemplation and the passage of time.