Most of the time I use natural objects like leaves to make photograms in the darkroom. This time I decided to attempt to depict a natural element from unnatural objects. I made this flower image by using a combination of paperclips, a quarter, an cinnamon altoid mint, and a piece of rubber band that I cut out with scissors.
I like how the objects combine to communicate the idea of a flower. It brightened up an otherwise cold winter day.
This image reminds me of a poem by the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho.
“There is nothing you can see that is not a flower;
there is nothing you can think that is not the moon.”
Using nothing but a stack of quarters I was thinking about the way the sun and moon rise and set each day. I also am thinking of this Buddhist saying:
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
The sun and moon also inspired St. Francis of Assisi who wrote The Canticle of the Sun:
Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honour, and all blessing.
To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy to mention Your name.
Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendour!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which you give sustenance to Your creatures.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living man can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those who will find Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord, and give Him thanks and serve Him with great humility.
Reverting back to natural objects, these three oak leaves create an explosion of energy.
Creativity is like that too.