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A Treasure Chest
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

S & my Rosemary's hellebores



My profession as a photographer has rarely coincided with my interest in gardening.

In 2001 without Canada Post knowing of my interest or the fact that grew roses and was a member of the Vancouver Rose Society, it hired me to select and photograph roses of which they chose four as issued stamps. I received an ample honorarium and to my surprise and almost dismay I found out that they made playing cards and a few other items such as T-Shirts.

My gardening got me a monthly gardening column in Western Living for a couple of years. A rose scan of Rosa ‘Westerland’ became a cover for Canadian Gardening. It may have been their first ever cover with an image that was neither a photograph nor an illustration but something that I call a scanograph (which makes me a scanographer).

I believe that my scanographs would sell well if I approached hotels as the images are beautiful but will offend nobody. But at my age the idea of looking for an agent or trying to sell these plants scans on my own does not interest me.

In the past I have tried to combine my plants and flowers with the undraped female form. In most of my attempts the results were complete failures. They were banal or clichés, in particular when I used my roses.

There have been a few successes and here is one of them. In the same vein I have most recently shot some using the theme of a chest, a pair of hands and flowers. What you see here are two scans of a Fuji 3200 Instant Film. I not only scanned the small prints but the peeled negative. I will in the next days process the medium format b+w and colour film.



     

Previous Posts
Heather Pawsey - Soprano

Cobalt Blues

A Reversal Of Fortune - A New Beginning

Esa Ráfaga

That Unkind Cut - II

Los Zapatos de Charol

Evgeni Onegin & That Bond Girl

The Wonders Of Restrictive Limitation

Murray Newman - Smart Fish - R.I.P.

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