November 2, 2023
September 20, 2023
As the warm days of summer draw to a close, what better way to encapsulate the season’s essence than through the graceful and vibrant world of butterflies?
I’ve enjoyed their delicate dance in my garden this year, a gentle presence amidst the flowers. Like living works of art fluttering from bloom to bloom, they are captivating creatures. Sometimes the best things come in small packages.
A Dance of Color is one in a new series of abstract macro photographs.
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- Spread Your Wings
Wishing you joy with the changing leaves and cooler breezes of fall!
October 19, 2022
My photographer’s mind awakens to aged objects because of their inherent history; old things have so much to reveal. The above Circa 1870’s Japanese screen resonated with me the first time I saw it because of the dimensions of age that are apparent. Japanese Screens, called byōbu meaning “wind wall”, were used as room dividers and to create private spaces. Their history begins in China as far back as 206 B.C. however arrival in Japan during the 7th or 8th century marked the beginning of a long and uniquely Japanese artistic evolution occurring over hundreds of years.
Japanese Screen Circa 1870 Meigi Era Shijo School of Painting
Kishi Ganku (1749 or 1756-1839) Initially made of wood panels with metal, silk or leather hinges, Japanese Screens evolved to a lighter wood frame construction with paper hinges, and silk or paper stretched across both faces to create a perfect canvas for artistic expression. As the artistry of these screens grew their purpose expanded. They were used as diplomatic gifts, at funerals and births, in Buddhist and Shinto temples to emphasize someone or something of honor, and by wealthy members of society (such as the Samurai lords) to convey affluence and power.
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Gayle Waterman, (Artwork from top left to bottom right) Path of Hope, Garden Path, Full Bloom, Fresh Start (2022)
May 9, 2022
Out of thousands of options, I was drawn to the textures and patterns of reptiles. I’ve never considered myself a fan of reptiles, but once again through the inspiration of the lens, I was fascinated by the patterns that nature provides as a means of protection, evolution, and beauty. As I began processing the images in this body of work, I was surprised by the primal resonance that it created within me. It’s as if I connected to a prehistoric time when these creatures roamed the earth in great numbers.
I was interested to discover through a macro lens that the textures and patterns of many reptiles mimic our ancient rock formations that created their kingdoms. The wrinkles in the python look like the sandstone crevasses seen in Canyonlands, Utah or along the Delores River in Western Colorado. The crocodile looks like some of the rock formations near Split Rock in Wyoming.
(Citrine Lace, Diamond Python)
(Above: Split Rock, WY - Image courtesy of BLM)
And the ostrich, more recently evolved from reptiles, has an eerie resemblance to the human skeletal spine.
(Rocky Road, Crocodile)
The wonder of these animals and their history is yet another reminder of how connected we are to all creatures, to the earth and to each other no matter how different we appear on the outside. In the future I’ll look at reptiles with a different perspective, as if these ancient creatures have wisdom to impart when we take the time to watch and listen. When we look deeply at the layers of the world around us, we’re inspired by the magnitude, wonder and design of creation and the connection among us all. Art is a great adventure in exploring and experiencing the world.
(Night Crawler, Ostrich)
January 18, 2022