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
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©