This is the Willow Pattern we are most familiar with - a traditional chinaware design by Thomas Minton in 1790, popularised for at least the next 200 years. Thinking back to the old poem about the Willow Pattern,
Two birds flying high,A Chinese vessel, sailing by.
A bridge with three men, sometimes four,
A willow tree, hanging o'er.
A Chinese temple, there it stands,
Built upon the river sands.
An apple tree, with apples on,
A crooked fence to end my song
I discovered that some of my photos taken recently in China reminded me of a contemporary Willow Pattern scene. As I am not a skilled photographer by any stretch of the imagination, I have tried to turn two very rather ordinary photos into modern versions of the Willow Pattern - well at least, elements of the Willow Pattern.
1. Original Image - Wild Goose Pagoda , Xian , China
2. Sepia tint
3. Blue tint
4. Blue tint with white background .
|5 Blue and white tint with mirror frame|
|6. Blue and white tint with HDR (high dynamic range )|
|7. I call this the tea towel effect - but it is really the panographic effect.|
|1. original image - West lake, Hangzhou , China|
|2. Blue tint|
|3. Panographic effect - landscape|
|4. Panographic effect - portrait|
| Willow Pattern - old and new .... Tag on tag - double gift tag,|
digital image on photo paper and photocopy on cardboard with Chinese character wooden beads and baker's twine