Tribute to Georgia O’Keeffe

Tribute to Georgia O'Keeffe

Tribute to Georgia O’Keeffe

One can’t photograph in the American Southwest without coming under the influence of Georgia O’Keeffe. Spend time with her paintings, her locations, her philosophy, and one can begin to fathom the subtle and complex beauty of the natural world, and thus the puzzle of the above image: If you wish to understand its careful and intricate composition, you must first examine the work of O’Keeffe.

And the flower that is the picture will blossom.

Tulip and Water Droplet, Hastings

Lily and Water Droplet, Hastings

Tulip and Water Droplet, Hastings

Okay, let’s be honest. What photographer doesn’t have a special, secret place in his or her heart for small stuff (made big)?

Hibiscus, Grand Island

Hibiscus, Grand Island

Hibiscus, Grand Island

Better late than never. On busy days, it’s hard to post.

An older image, this; I thought little of it when I made the image several years ago, and then, when I put it in a show, an elderly woman purchased it. Later, I received a note from her, saying, “I wanted you to know I’ve decorated my living room around your photograph. I love it.”

Such is the yoke a documentarian must bear, when the images most meaningful to the photographer take a back seat to other people’s admiration of flowers.

Nightshades, Northern New Mexico

Nightshades, Northern New Mexico

Nightshades, Northern New Mexico

Near sunset in January, I found a small field of nightshades atop a mesa in northern New Mexico. As the sun set, the warm winter light filtered through the husks of the fruit, creating an infinite family of small, textured natural lanterns, and I made this image.