‘To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night: to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring… these are some of the rewards of the simple life.’ (John Burroughs)
What I love to do most is being around nature, around flowers. Nature’s constant change, the variety and beauty of the seasons, simply fascinates me. Walks in the garden make me happy.
Nature is an amazing thing. A garden is a delight. A single flower is an amazing thing; the more I look at it the more wonderful it becomes.
I have loved flowers since I was a child. As I grew up, taking pictures taught me interesting lessons. From a formal standpoint, I discovered just how difficult it is to capture the essence of the special magic that is invested in a flower. On the other hand, the more photographs I took, the more I realized that I wanted to take myself out of them, to avoid enchantment of any sort.
All I had been aware of was an utterly sublime sense of well-being, one arising from the interleaved pleasures of creation and beauty.
Flowers, I firmly believe, are interesting enough on their own. I feel as if I have, at times, succeeded in capturing that moment – that little sparkle which shuddered me.
Maybe I’ve reached a point in life where I’m not in such a rush, but making these pictures also helped me appreciate the virtues of taking time to really look.
I’m grateful to have had this chance to let my own soul catch up. I hope these images convey the satisfaction of that experience – and that their contemplation will produce, in some measure, the same consoling pleasure in you.
‘Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.'(Luther Burbank)