Actually green man, but I decided to see what he would look like in black and white.
I took the photograph at Salts Mill in Saltaire, Yorkshire, about 4 years ago.
Green men are found all around the country, representing the spirit of the fertile world? I guess so. This one was a design on a large gardinere in the Salts Mill complex. I think he is probably a Victorian design. There us something quite disconcerting about green leaves growing out of his mouth. It reminds me of when a was a child, when I was told if I ate apple pips an apple tree would grow inside me!
We also visited a green man shop in Pickering, in the north Yorkshire moors a few years before, and came home with a tiny green man and a plaque of a lady surrounded in sea shells and seaweed. I’m not sure exactly where it was, I think it was near the railway station, in the centre of the town, it may have closed by now.
I like painting green men and women, there is a succulent power in them, green and verdant.