I just finished this image today. It is a combination of a still life photo I set up in my studio with a composited background of leaves that I photographed out in the side yard of our house.
So much of my work is autobiographical in the sense that it is always a reflection of what I am thinking and feeling. My passion for flowers and plants has grown as I examine their shape and textures in my photography. The magnifying glass could just as easily have been my camera lens.
As I get into gardening the need to learn more and more about plants has caused me to become an amateur botanist of sorts who is bumbling about like a child who has seen the world through a looking glass for the first time. Each time I go out into the yard with or without my camera it is as if I am returning to Pooh Corner.
I am learning about the way grasses provide movement in the garden and the differences between a cut flower beds and a woodland garden, cottage gardens, and alpine gardens. Vegetable Gardens are a whole topic on themselves!
It really is as though the entire world can exist within the confines of your yard if you are so inclined as to become aware of the micro climates that exist in all the various spaces in and around the house.
I think the most compelling thing I like about this image is it’s overall simplicity. Being out in the yard and away from the computer is feeding my spirit. Picasso said that to be an artist is to remain in touch with your inner child that is filled with creativity, curiosity, and wonder.
Looking closely at the details of each living thing becomes a peaceful meditation that leaves me with gratitude for diversity and appreciation for all the forms that life takes, something that I know would be beneficial during this difficult times. With this image I hope to inspire childlike wonder and awe at the beauty that exist all around.
In case my image and words didn’t do the trick I thought I would share the work of Kenny Loggins who says it much better than I can.