The photography of Alex Baker

Tag: Fields

The air is heavy with a smell like molasses

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The air is heavy with a smell like molasses.

Every year my brother-in-law sets fire to field after field of sugar cane on his farm in Natal, South Africa. It may look chaotic, fun even, but there’s a good reason for doing so. The fire destroys all the dried leaves and other unwanted vegetation which grows up around the cane while leaving the cane itself unharmed. To do it by hand would require a day or more. The fire barely takes 45 minutes.
Did I mention how much fun it was to watch?


Fields of Spring

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It really hasn’t been the best of Springs here in England this year. Rainy, grey, damp and chilly, it’s been pretty crap to be honest. However, last weekend the clouds parted and the warmth returned. On my way back from photographing a 40th birthday party I drove through the rape fields outside Henley-on-Thames. It was dusk, the sun was setting at around 8.30pm. And these photos were the result.