Fungi of The Forest- An exhibition at Humphry’s Café by Kaamilah Nahaboo

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A delightful photographic exhibition of fungi of the forest at Humphry’s Café in the park by Kaamilah Nahaboo as part of Fungus Fortnight. Please see below for a short biography of Kaamilah and some of the incredible photos in her exhibition.

After leaving Highams Park secondary school/sixth form, Kaamilah went on to study Art Foundation at Central Saint Martins and then BA (Hons) Fashion Photography at the London College of Fashion. Since then she has worked in a few shops and cafes in Highams Park before working as a jeweller’s workshop assistant and photographer’s assistant and now works mainly as a freelance retoucher. She has sold greetings cards with illustrative lettering and lino prints in Ziggys Gift Shop, displayed photographs in Keens (which was on Winchester Road) as part of the Art Trail, and sold her handmade silver jewellery at various events in the area, including the recent Picnic in the Park.

During lockdown of 2020, Kaamilah began noticing how many mushrooms were popping up in the forest by her home. Having always had a love of the natural world, and anything creative, she took her camera out on walks and started photographing the variety of fungi to be found over a stretch of roughly a mile. Observing the small changing details of forest life – the shifting colour of leaves, the appearance of berries, but most excitingly the emergence of fungi – gave a focus in a time of uncertainty. This became a personal project, to learn more about fungi and to stay creative.

After discovering the London Fungus Network online, she decided to turn her project into an exhibition, hoping to inspire others to observe and care about the environment around them, to home in on the tiniest of details, as well as see the bigger picture. The exhibition illustrates the magic of spotting a new patch of mushrooms – and realising there is so much going on underground, with the symbiotic relationship between trees and mycelium.

This exhibition is supported by Waltham Forest council and London Fungus Network, as part of their ‘Waltham Forest Fungus Fortnight’ – a series of fungi-themed events running from 2 – 17th October.

See fungusfortnight.org for more information.

Prints are available for purchase: 
£40 framed or £30 unframed for the larger size
£30 framed or £20 unframed for the smaller size (the two near the back)
Frames are the black ones on display.
Please contactkaamilahnahaboojewellery@gmail.com with enquiries.

Amanita Muscaria (Fly Agaric)
Mycena Rosea (Rosy Bonnet)
A type of Mycena (difficult to identify as there are 102 in Britain!)
Trametes versicolor (Turkey Tail) with Xylaria hypoxylon (Candlesnuff fungus) in the background