Snapshot: Marie Belfort

Marie Belfort had worked in events, marketing, and fundraising for many years before joining Winterbourne in 2014 as a Finance Administrator. In-between taking care of our daily income and expenditure, and much else besides, Marie makes time to walk around the garden, always with camera in hand poised ready to take a picture. We asked her to pick some of the best from her winter collection.

Eryngium seed head, photograph by Marie Belfort, Winterbourne House and Garden, Digging for Dirt
Eryngium seed head, photograph by Marie Belfort

“I’ve loved photography since I was a teenager. I have no idea where this passion comes from. I’ve always loved looking at photographs and I’ve collected photography books for years.  Recently though, I suppose now my children are grown up I have more time to indulge in it myself. I have a digital SLR, but to be honest I love taking pictures with my Iphone. It’s so light and portable and I always have it with me.”

The Walled Garden, photograph by Marie Belfort, Winterbourne House and Garden, Digging for Dirt
The Walled Garden, photograph by Marie Belfort

“I love to visit other gardens and historic houses. I take pictures wherever I go. I think everything makes a good picture!  Since I started at Winterbourne though, I’d have to say I’ve become a bit obsessed with photographing the garden. I have over 3000 pictures of it stored on my computer.”

Rose hips in the Walled Garden, photograph by Marie Belfort, Winterbourne House and Garden, Digging for Dirt
Rose hips in the Walled Garden, photograph by Marie Belfort

“I love photographing Winterbourne first thing in the morning. The light can be amazing then and it makes everything look stunning. Frosty mornings are my favourite, just as the sun is rising. I often wish I could just walk around it more and not think about photos, but I find that really difficult. I see pictures everywhere! I’m often racing around the garden taking pictures before I start work. I’m looking forward to a proper snow fall too as that would be amazing.”

Metasequoia glyptostroboides, photograph by Marie Belfort, Winterbourne House and Garden, Digging for Dirt
Metasequoia glyptostroboides, photograph by Marie Belfort

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10 thoughts on “Snapshot: Marie Belfort

  1. Yes, “evocative,” in Marian St. Clair’s comment above, is the exact word for these photos. They are wonderful. I am especially pulled into the image of the rose hips. The frosted garden is an endless subject, but then I suppose all gardens are. My thanks to you and to Marie for this happy start to my day.

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    1. Hello Sally. We have great fun every year experimenting with how the season of interest in a garden can be extended with a more selective approach to cutting back herbaceous material – and good for wildlife to! Glad you enjoyed the Eryngium photograph. It is one of the best for capturing winter frost.

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