For over a year now I’ve been photographing flowers, plants and weeds in the studio against plain black and white backgrounds. This initiative entitled Reverence For Nature’s Geometry: Flowers, Plants and Weeds In Black and White began with the intention of exhibiting the prints in a gallery setting, allowing me to use my 4×5 view camera and see the images large and framed. I got into a pattern of photographing on most Mondays, processing the film on Tuesdays and making 16×20 prints on Wednesdays.
Through the Fall of 2015 and continuing through the Winter months of 2016, I printed and archivally processed images from three negatives a week. While the quantity was small, the experience of being able to take my time with lighting and printing was wonderful. Black and white photographs—images on photographic paper, including the process of making them—have always fed my soul. Wanting to return to my photographic roots after a dry period, and realizing that I’d been photographing flowers, plants and weeds in black and white since I began using a camera seriously, I initiated this project. The joy it provided continues to this day.
Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
ABOUT THE IMAGES
They are each variations on a single daylily leaf.