Turning Leaves
Project info

You never know what we’ll find. I spend a lot of time exploring outdoors with my daughter. One autumn day we were sitting amongst fallen chestnut leaves and I was struck by their resemblance to Frank Gehry’s architecture. We gathered some leaves and brought them to my studio. I propped up the leaves by planting their stems in clay and photographed them from a low angle using window light bounced off of tin foil for a metallic effect. In the camera’s viewfinder the fading leaves became *wabi sabi towers and temples.

While I had always enjoyed autumn leaves as a mass of color, seeing individual leaves as architecture totally changed my perception of autumn's transformation. I try hard to elevate the modest leaves into something monumental. As Walt Whitman said, “I believe a blade of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”

*Wabi sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese worldview or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.