Special-Project Images





 

The Deconstructed Flowers Series

The Deconstructed Flowers series melds my interest in nature and our society's preoccupation with beauty and youth.

 

We discard flowers when they grow old and no longer fit our stereotype of beauty. Yet despite the ravages of aging,  flowers -- like people -- maintain a subtle beauty, and we can delight in their imperfections and colors and textures

 

The bits and pieces of a bud -- petals, seed head, stem -- force us to look more closely to see the beauty that we accepted without question when the bright days of summer offered a seemingly endless youth. And we're challenged to consider that the whole is not always greater than the sum of its parts.

 

The bare white background on which the flower bits lie reminds us that at some point we must all inevitably go to the light.

 

Deconstructed Flowers #1 Deconstructed Flowers #2 Deconstructed Flowers #3 Deconstructed Flowers #4  
Deconstructed Flowers #1 Deconstructed Flowers #2 Deconstructed Flowers #3 Deconstructed Flowers #4  
Deconstructed Flowers #5 Deconstructed Flowers #6 Deconstructed Flowers #7 Deconstructed Flowers #8  
Deconstructed Flowers #5 Deconstructed Flowers #6 Deconstructed Flowers #7 Deconstructed Flowers #8  
Deconstructed Flowers #9Deconstructed Flowers #9Image Size: 20 inches by 20 inches on 24-inch by 24-inch paper
Media: Hahnemuhle William Turner, 310 GSM, Matte Fine-Art Paper, Archival
Price: $600 unmatted
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Deconstructed Flowers #10Deconstructed Flowers #10Image Size: 20 inches by 20 inches on 24-inch by 24-inch paper
Media: Hahnemuhle William Turner, 310 GSM, Matte Fine-Art Paper, Archival
Price: $600 unmatted
All images are signed on the back with my signature and image title.
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Deconstructed Flowers #9 Deconstructed Flowers #10      
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About This Series
 
Image Size: 20 inches by 20 inches on 24-inch by 24-inch paper
Media: Hahnemuhle William Turner, 310 GSM, Matte Fine-Art Paper, Archival
Price: Click an image for pricing
All images are signed on the back with my signature and image title.

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Signs of the Times -- Western Avenue, Chicago

A city’s history is often chronicled by words, paintings, sketches, photographs. But, there’s a more subtle and mysterious historical narrative, too. Peeling and fading advertisements painted on the sides of buildings hint at a time foreign to us today. A time of coal deliveries and banks that long ago ceased to exist and phone numbers with odd prefixes.

Old warehouses are turned into hip condos. Buildings no longer viable are leveled, and the historical record disappears forever.

There are still pockets of these narratives in Chicago, and Western Avenue, the city’s longest street, can be fertile ground for the careful observer.

I wanted to capture this visual history before it disappears, but somehow digital photography didn’t feel right, so I turned to film, which I hadn’t shot in 10 years. But, the crystal-clear images that a contemporary film camera will produce also didn’t feel right.

Rooting around in a box of old cameras that I’ve collected over the years I pulled out a Baby Brownie Special, a diminutive bakelite camera that Kodak sold from 1939 to 1954. I remembered that my dad had one when I was a kid. Now this was a camera up to the task of  chronicling its contemporaries.

The Special took 127 film, which is marginally available today, but I found 35mm film would work in the camera, though requiring various modifications. And, another oddity was that when exposed, the image extended into the area of the film containing the sprocket holes and information about the film maker and frame numbers.

Somehow that seemed right, too. If you’re preserving history, why not also preserve the history of the photographic process?

The camera, with its plastic lens, has its quality limitations, and scanning the film adds more variables into the production of the final print. Again, that seems right. The vagaries of the finished print mirror the vagaries of our world. Sometimes businesses sparkle, sometimes they fade into oblivion.
    
While the prints have a sepia tone, which also seems right for the era, the actual image captures contain modern elements to give a context to the surroundings.

 
Signs of the Times -- 6320 North WesternSigns of the Times -- 6320 North WesternImage Size: 24 inches by 13 inches on 28-inch by 17-inch paper
Media: Moab Entrada Rag Natural, 300 GSM, Matte Fine-Art Paper, Archival
Price: $600 unmatted
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Signs of the Times -- 950 North WesternSigns of the Times -- 950 North WesternImage Size: 24 inches by 13 inches on 28-inch by 17-inch paper
Media: Moab Entrada Rag Natural, 300 GSM, Matte Fine-Art Paper, Archival
Price: $600 unmatted
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6320 North Western 900 North Western
Signs of the Times -- 939 North WesternSigns of the Times -- 939 North WesternImage Size: 24 inches by 13 inches on 28-inch by 17-inch paper
Media: Moab Entrada Rag Natural, 300 GSM, Matte Fine-Art Paper, Archival
Price: $600 unmatted
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Signs of the Times -- 3845 North WesternSigns of the Times -- 3845 North WesternImage Size: 24 inches by 13 inches on 28-inch by 17-inch paper
Media: Moab Entrada Rag Natural, 300 GSM, Matte Fine-Art Paper, Archival
Price: $600 unmatted
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939 North Western 3845 North Western
Signs of the Times -- 3251 North WesternSigns of the Times -- 3251 North WesternImage Size: 24 inches by 13 inches on 28-inch by 17-inch paper
Media: Moab Entrada Rag Natural, 300 GSM, Matte Fine-Art Paper, Archival
Price: $600 unmatted
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3251 North Western  
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About This Series
 
Image Size: 24 inches by 13 inches on 28-inch by 17-inch paper
Media: Moab Entrada Rag, 300 GSM, Matte Fine-Art Paper, Archival
Price: Click an image for pricing
All images are signed on the back with my signature and image title.

To order or if you have questions, contact me.