I raise and
live with orchids. The blossoms of the plants
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which surround me
are more like creatures than blossoms.
Each orchid lives
in its own world and invites me to join it
there. Each orchid
asks to be photographed in its own way.
I merely listen and
follow the instructions of each.
In order to convey these special
realms to you, I use a
4 x 5 Deardorff
with a long lens to capture the essence
of the blossom.
I use Polaroid 55 material and solarize
each negative (much
like was done by Man Ray) in order
to create the atmosphere
(or environment) in which each
blossom lives its
unique existence. Each negative is printed
in a straightforward
way on silver gelatin paper and toned
is dedicated to the memory of Gary Greenwood.