the mad curator strikes again

October 29, 2023  •  4 Comments

Given the events of the past couple of weeks in the Middle East and the United States, and in political arenas here and abroad, I did what is probably typical of artists and journalists who are not covering "the main stories".  They ponder, wonder what is right, and then continue with their art or writing, despite horrible events and conditions and circumstances in which others find themselves.  And the work for me was curating photographs for the three books I am putting together, along with some organizational work on images I made from 1995 to 1997 of scientists at the Santa Fe Institute.  These were made with black and white film, using both 35 mm and 1 and 3/4 by 2 1/4 format cameras. I developed and printed the film in a local public darkroom.  It left me wishing I had been more diligent in my recording of the people I had photographed on my negative sleeves and proof sheets.  But the new archivist at the Institute who contacted me recently about the photographs should be able to fill in some of the blanks.

That project aside, here is a selection of photographs for one of the books on flowers.  The image below was made in Arizona during a spring time bloom.  California poppies and owl clover are the dominant flowers.  


Foxglove saturated with fog in Point Reyes, California


Tulip and clouds

Salmon-colored poppy

Polish Spirit clematis

For this particular book, I wanted to feature flowers in both interesting natural settings and in quirky and traditional still life-inspired settings.  Curating like mad tends to focus one's eye on what might truly be interesting to others.  Which means you may see another blog of this ilk in the near future.

Thanks to Christina, TTT, Jean & Sam, Marilyn G., Catherine, Steve, and Rebecca for commenting this week.  In New Mexico, we have moved from what has been one of the most spectacular autumns ever to early winter, overnight.  Hope all of you have been able to keep warm.

until next week,


a passion for the image©


Steve Immel(non-registered)
What a gift you have given us in this time peril. I'm drawn to the field of poppies and clover in Arizona's spring bloom and the fog shrouded foxglove at Point Reyes, one my childhood home and the other one of my favorite places in the world. The details within the foxglove blooms are high design in the wild. I love the cloudy backdrop for the tulip. You're in your element with these curated wonders.
Lawrence Jones(non-registered)
Daryl, your work is so rich and the colors here so intense that I can only offer my compliments to the artist. You're the best!
Ann Alexander(non-registered)
Georgia O'Keeffe would have loved your Tulip and clouds. I did!
Tim Anderson(non-registered)
Oh, my, Daryl! The Salmon-colored poppy was luscious. That image is wonderful, full of life and full of color. Thank you for the bright spot on the horizon, if only we can hold our eyes open wide a bit longer. Can we?
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