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Sunday, November 27, 2011




GRAND CANYON
AfterImage Series

Post 11

One day in late spring, about 20 minutes before I was due to arrive at a friend's, I was walking our dog Tenby on the bikepath in Northampton. Ruts along either edge of the path were filled with fuzzy milkweed seeds, blown there on the wind. If whiteness could precipitate out of fog and crystalize, like salt from seawater, it would look like milkweed: fuzzy, pale, opaque, and soft.

I raced back to the house with the dog, left her home, grabbed my camera and the pebbles I'd already printed, and ran back to the bikepath. I wanted to see what they'd look like against the milkweed. I had no time for canyon clocks or world sundials or any kind of grand thoughts. I just lined up the pebbles and shot. It was the first time I'd done any kind of "installation"--a grand word in this case--with the Canyon shadow beach pebbles. Luckily, only one guy stopped me and wanted to know what I was doing. I just said I had some really cool pebbles and wanted to see what they looked like in milkweed, and he wandered away...

Here's what I got:







And then I started playing with the images...





Still a lot of work to do...

1 comment:

dirtygirl said...

Love love love these, particularly the vertical shot. What a terrific impulse, shooting on the milkweed.