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The group of work I refer to as "Towards the sun", or by the sun started several years ago. .I was asked to photograph a group of students being led in a course of study integrating the arts into all subject curriculum The Teacher of this second grade class brought the students outside to do a "Sit-See" Second graders were asked, and in fact did sit in the woods and inspected their little world. Discovering some of the smallest things. Keeping a record and drawing in their journals helped them to see, question, and discover.
I have always been a visual person, and the idea of intensely looking is something I am keen on doing. But I much prefer to record photographically than to sketch, or journal. The first pieces of this group were not of flora, but rather of fall foliage reflected upon the Lost River. Transition images from that of decay, to that of rebirth. The strong color, simple organic forms, tactile quality and presence of light all attract my gaze. More often than not, these images are created in the studio of flora I have purchased at the Flower Smiths in Plymouth New Hampshire. This allows me to see all sorts of lighting, all angles and different backgrounds on my whim. I have the control over every aspect. How much is in focus, how much is not, where the light is, weather it is hard or diffused....All the creative opportunities are mine to explore. As I continue to explore, I am finding that the images I create become more abstract. The first were of the form of the flower, now, more of the forms the petals create.
I am continually in awe over the amazing mechanical feats of the flowers themselves. The intricate veins, multiple petals held within a tight bud until the time is right to open. I am fascinated in the change over time of the colors, and patterns on the petals. Continually changing from the time the bud opens, to the time the petals fall off. Each individual flower different, indeed each is unique. Each flower is like a little miracle. Gods Gift to the plant, to the bees and bugs and to us. I like to think of my photographs as prayers of thanksgiving for the small gifts of beauty, for the amazing detail and unequaled variety.
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