Peter's World

"Don't Forget Me"

"One of the main reasons for visiting the Chathams in springtime was to try and find any of the native Chatham Island Forget-Me-Nots flowering in the wild. I had seen an image years ago of them blooming against a rocky foreshore with aqua sea behind it, I was hooked! So despite the weather forecast looking very changeable and most likely very wet, I crossed my fingers and with Vivienne my neighbour, we went ahead with the trip.

After spending a couple of amazing days on neighbouring Pitt Island, we came across to Chatham and on the first morning, it started out quite grey and wet - there's that weather forecast! But after a morning spent in the bush, we headed to the north coast and after investigating some Chatham Akeake trees on the beach, I took a wrong turn back to the car and by pure chance, I stumbled across all these blooms, growing wild in the sand dunes. Those beautiful big glossy leaves alone are something else, but to find them in perfect flower like this? I couldn't believe it! Vivienne was waiting back at the car and I couldnt let her miss this, I sprinted back to get her as I gasped for breath, told her she just had to come take a look!

There was a clump of reeds growing over the flowers, so Vivienne pulled them back and sat on them to keep them out of my way, as I captured different shots from multiple angles. But this composition with the other plants behind and the light in the reeds plus that clear blue sea? Gorgeous. It's fair to say I was pretty ecstatic and this image was a lot more than I could have possibly hoped to find."

Equipment: Phase One XF 100Mp Trichromatic Medium Format Camera + Schneider Kreuznach 35mm blue lens

Exposure: 1/80 sec @ f16 ISO 400

Location: Chatham Island

Limited Edition: 50 prints (total all sizes), individually numbered, personally signed & certified

Year of Release: 2023

Printer: Peter personally prints all his 100% cotton-rag paper & archival canvas on an HP Z9+ PS printer (9 colour "Vivera" archival pigment inkset, giclée process)

Print Permanence: >250 years indoors (paper & canvas prints), as tested on HP Z9+ printer by Wilhelm Research Institute, California

Copyright: Peter Latham 2023

“When Peter delivered our pieces, we couldn't believe the incredible detail. The images on his website - impressive as they are - really didn't do our prints justice!“