As I continue to experiment and explore ways to push the camera beyond its expected use, I came across this idea. I wanted to create an image grounded in traditional nature photography, but that goes beyond just that and evokes an emotional response. Without the use of any digital manipulation, I cam using optics to distort, reflect, and bend light before it enters the camera. The image captured is something like that of a faded memory or an altered view of common surroundings. (insert thoughts of “equivalence” by Alfred Stieglitz / Minor White)
I believe I planted some poppies on the side of my house years and years ago. Possibly. Either way, while searing for inspiration in my back yard I saw a bunch of newly flowering poppies creeping up. I just love the crowns on top of the seed pods, and especially the two-toned flower petals. That was my inspiration. This is what happened next.