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One Gardener To Grow Them All

One photographer to unite them.

After my work photographing the landscape with a vew camera I began looking for other possibilities. In the Flowers gallery you will see some experiments. Bur for Susan, at this time in her life, flower gardens were everything and I wanted to photograph everything except I had no plan which presents problems, but sometimes opportunities if there is a bit of luck around.

I had been making panoramas of mums and had a trundle with a tray about 18" x 44" placed under a digital camera. Lighting was simply the flourscents that lit the studio except they produced the hightest quality of daylight one could buy (98 CRI, 5000K). The result was shadow-free daylight something otherwise impossible. So I asked Susan for a basket of blossoms. When She brought them I realized I had no clue what to do with them but without hesitating I began pulling off the petals and scattering them about the trundle. Susan was horrified, but then I asked her to bring me some blossoms and as soon as I saw the basket I realized I didn’t have a clue what to do with them. Without thinking I began pulling off individual petals and tossing them into the trundle. Susan was agast: ”What are you doing?” Then she realized I was creating a kind of tapestry. I asked for a second basket and arranged the petals and blossoms so there would be no colors bunched together to draw your eye, which is what I often did with my landscapes.

The studio has all white walls, ceiling, and floor and is lit by six ultra high quality daylight flourscent tubes. The effect is shadow free daylight. I photographed in six sections with focus stacking in each section, a total of about 100 exposures. I made the largest print that was practical, limited by the width of my paper (44") and the largest practical mpounting board (ten feet). One of these now hangs in our great room (see the gallery of installations).



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