Walking home in 2015, I stopped to pick up an Autumn leaf. In July. The leaf was brittle and brown along its top third, while the lush green living part seemed to be engaged in a fighting retreat toward the stem. There was no question about the ultimate outcome.
This project is not about vibrant fall foliage. I want to focus in on the reluctant and beautiful bleeding out of life toward the cold sleep of December and how in response we turn nature or any found object into art.
Around this time, I came across a web post showing how a photog attached a flatbed scanner to his 8x10 view camera. While this was too much work for me, I thought I could use a flatbed scanner as a camera by placing objects on the glass. Needless to say, I promptly discovered that I was not the first to have this idea. But there it is.
As the monk contemplated it, the Golden Lotus
began to change and disintegrate
And through contemplating the process of
change and decay in the beautiful flower
the monk was enlightened.