Rubescent Reverie

Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.
— Doris Lessing

Rubescent Reverie, 2015-2016

In a space between tourist snapshot and landscape photograph, the aim with these prints of Washington DC’s famous cherry trees in blossom is to communicate the ephemeral feeling experienced in the presence of transition from winter slumber to summer awakening.

 

The first spring rays wash

their skin sending predawn chills

skittering away.

 

Pinnacle of a new day,

before teeming crowds beset them,

before small hands tug at creaky limbs,

soft fingers lifted from their subtle perch.

 

Soon sun's long, high slog,

shifting shadows mark

seconds,

minutes,

hours,

'til tired reverie take them,

but now all is new energy,

and laughing smiles at dawn.


Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.
— Albert Schweitzer

Trees - Color

A good chunk of my early life was spent in the company of trees in the forested mountains of northern Pennsylvania where walnut, apple, pear, pine and birch populated our farmhouse yard. Whether climbing them with aplomb, lazing about in their grassy shade, or building houses in their spindly limbs, they were like older siblings: a steady, guiding presence helping me to places I could not inhabit on my own. Little wonder then that when I began making photographs, trees naturally emerged as a subject. Everywhere I go, I try and talk to the trees.

These images are available as inkjet prints on Hahnemuhle Fine Art paper. They come matted and ready to frame in standard sizes. Please visit the Print Shop for more details.


Trees - Black and White

Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
— Anton Chekhov

My goal with this series is to use light and composition to highlight the beauty of trees and explore as many aspects of general tree-ness as possible, creating a narrative at the level of an archetype or Platonic ideal. Looking at how they grow and adapt to the environment, and how I experience that relationship, is part of the discovery for me. Because this project sprouts from my own history, I want to both ensure a link to historical photographic processes and feel tangible objects in my hands the way I once felt the bark beneath my palms as I clambered along branches reaching for the sky.

Likely thousands of trees have graced my lens, but it was in creating a set of three framed prints as a Christmas present for my younger sister that the idea for this portfolio first took shape. In choosing to expand upon that gift and create a larger body of work, I began by mining previous output. But I wanted to formalize the project with a set of specific parameters, so while a small number of the final pieces began as exposed film before this portfolio was conceived, all of the prints are executed specifically for this project and conform with several guidelines established for the series as a whole.

Many of these considerations are based on material and history. For one, creating these images with black and white film is important because 1) film has an inherent grain structure that I feel complements the materiality of the subject, and 2) I feel that in this instance color detracts from the graphic qualities of line and form that showcase the beautiful essence of the subjects. In order for this work to connect with that material nature, it had to culminate in a set of physical prints on paper, and a wooden frame structure comprising the enclosure for the portfolio.

The final product will comprises a portfolio limited to an edition of only 5 copies. Each will contain a set of 8"x8" silver gelatin prints, matted to 12"x12" and housed in a handmade enclosure. More details will be posted on the blog when it is completed.