Fallen Leaves – What Would You Do?

I park daily under a tree and, during the fall season, the car is often covered with leaves. I was convinced that there must be something I could do photographically, and last year, I started collecting them with the full intentions of making fantastic and artistic images. That never happened.

Fall Leaves

©Stephen DesRoches – Fall Leaves

Now it’s a full year later and I still have that box of leaves. Actually, the collection is even bigger and that shoebox is now a bucket. It’s time to set the procrastination aside and make some hard commitments by talking about the upcoming experiments publicly through an oopoomoo project. At this point, I don’t know how the project will go. Maybe I’ll completely fail. Or maybe I’ll create something pretty cool that would earn a spot on my living room wall. Either or, it should be fun.

Equipped with a macro lens I don’t use enough, a light tent that was used only once, and a cheap focusing rail I just bought from eBay… I hope you’ll find this project as interesting as it sounds in my head.

What would you do with a box of leaves? I have a few ideas that I’ll reveal in the coming months. The results are yet to be defined but the pressure has officially begun.

Fall Parking

©Stephen DesRoches – Fall Parking

Fall Parking

©Stephen DesRoches – Fall Parking

Fall Parking

©Stephen DesRoches – Fall Parking

About the Author

I am a designer, artist and photographer living in PEI and the co-creator of the Photographer's Guide to Prince Edward Island. An occasional oopoomoo blog contributor, I have also helped design the many oopoomoo ebooks while making sure this website continues to work. Stop by and say hi on Facebook.


  1. Jeff
    November 6, 2013

    Great idea! I’m going to have to make a picture of my van in the morning tomorrow. Blue van with a golden blanket every morning this week.

  2. Heather Simonds
    November 6, 2013

    This rings true with me. I am also a collector with good intentions and I have leaves stuffed into makeshift “presses” in a few places, usually accumulated from trips to eastern Canada. I stumble across them from time to time and I see their arms and legs peeking out from books and magazines throughout the year. I pretend they are not screaming at me “please, pick me, create something beautiful!” I grew up in New Brunswick, attended university also in Nova Scotia and I am always trying to bring a piece of it back.

  3. Tom
    November 7, 2013

    Good luck with the project Stephen. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  4. Ian McGillvrey
    November 7, 2013

    Looking forward to seeing this project Stephen. You’ve got an expecting audience now, so no more excuses!

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