Desert Light II

11 x 25, Fabriano Artistico

This new print of a Scarlet Splendens is part of my Desert Light series, working with overlapping negatives.  It’s not a cactus and so not related to the amazing Jumping Cholla that left broken cactus spines in my right hand since late April . . . had surgery last week to remove them . . .  they just wouldn’t leave on their own.

New Shetland work is next.

Desert Light

treeflare(Print: 14″ x 20″, made at Indian Hill Imageworks on hand-coated Fabriano Artistico 640 gsm.)

I’m staring here, straight into the rising Arizona sun—6 AM in the preserve just a few hundred feet from my sister-in-law Julie’s home in Phoenix.  Since I took that shot, I’ve learned that the taboo against shooting into the sun isn’t so much a matter of a bad shot as of magnifying the radiation, through the camera lens onto one’s retina—geez.  I also didn’t imagine the effect of the flare.

chichuly5(11″ x 25″ on Fabriano Artistico)

This second print is a matter of slipping the film between 35mm frames within my ’79 Olympus XA.  Shot at the Desert Botanical Garden, it jogs between  the Palo Verde and the Chihuly spires.  I’m working on this layering and slipping of frames before leaving again for the Shetland Islands, mid-May.


Crop Detail: 5″ x 5.5″