Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Gradient (Rose Hips II), 2008

Scanned image, 46.8" x 33.2" ca. @300ppi (id#1061)

All images in this series were created with a flat-bed scanner, using either reflected or transmitted light.

These rose hips were arranged according to color, and then scanned.
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Berries I, 2005

Scanned image, 23.9" x 18.9" ca. @300ppi (id#1062

First of a series of many scans made over the course of about 45 days, leaving the berries undisturbed on the scanner glass as they dessicated.
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Berries XXI, 2005

Scanned image, 23.9" x 18.9" ca. @300ppi (id#1063)

The final scan of this series.
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Juniper Boughs, 2006

Scanned image, 46.8" x 33.2" ca. @300ppi (id#1064)

The light source of the scanner usually has a softening effect on the subject. Here it has instead, oddly, the harsh, paparazzi-like effect of flash used at night.
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Untitled (Fluffy Seeds, Compressed), 2004

Scanned image, 20.1" x 15.9" ca. @300ppi (id#1065)
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Untitled (Pollynoses, Vertical), 2005

Scanned image, 20" x 12" ca. @300ppi

Of a variety of Japanese Maple, these seeds are naturally greenish when mature but still fresh, and quite small, slightly bigger than seen here on the web.
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Untitled (Pollynoses), 2005

Scanned image, 5.9" x 12.1" ca. @300ppi (id#1067)

Of a variety of Japanese Maple, these seeds are naturally reddish when mature and dry, and quite small, a little smaller than seen here on the web.
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Untitled (Leek II, Reflected Light), 2005

Scanned image, 12.2" x 5.9" ca. @300ppi (id#1068)
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Untitled (Leek II, Transmitted Light), 2005

Scanned image, 12.8" x 6.9" ca. @300ppi (id#1070
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Untitled (Leek VI, Transmitted Light), 2005

Scanned image, 12.8" x 6.9" ca. @300ppi (id#1070
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Ice XII
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Feather (Reflected Light), 2005

Scanned image, 25.2" x 7.7" ca. @300ppi (id#1073)
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Feather (Reflected Light), 2005 (detail)

Scanned image, 7.7" x 6.4" ca. @300ppi (id#1073)
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Fluff II
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Leaf II (Reflected Light), 2006

Scanned image, 34.9" x 19.5" ca. @300ppi (id#1076)
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Fluff A
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Untitled (Cavolfiore Romano), 2007

Scanned image, 24.6" x 24.3" ca. @300ppi (id#1079)

A variety of cauliflower with an unusually pronounced, fractal-like form. Here the light of the scanner and the three-dimensionality of the subject (as well as its rather bizarre form) combine by chance to suggest deep-sea images.
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Untitled (Dried Poppies), 2008

Scanned image, 34.6" x 32.2" ca. @300ppi (id#1080)
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Fern Back, 2007

Scanned image, 24" x 7.3" ca. @300ppi (id#1081)
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Three Sprigs (Reflected Light, 3D), 2008

Scanned image, 30.5" x 25.4" ca. @300ppi (id#1082)

Although not very evident on the web, this image has a depth of field (or zone of sharp focus) confined to the parts that were closest to the glass, since the subjects were left uncompressed.
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Five Sprigs (Transmitted Light, Compressed), 2008

Scanned image, 29" x 32" ca. @300ppi (id#1083)

Here the subjects were pressed close to the glass, so the image is sharp almost everywhere.
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Medaglioni di Papa (Pope's Medals), 2007

Scanned image, 34.8" x 29" ca. @300ppi (id#1084)

The seed pods of the Lunaria (known in English as Honesty), seen by transmitted light.
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Semi di Zucca (Pumpkin Seeds
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Cilantro (Coriandolo), 2005

Scanned image, 40" x 33.2" ca. @300ppi (id#1086)
Images of various natural objects and materials, concerned with pattern, structure, or arrangement.
Foglie d'Acero (Maple Leaves)

Scans of Natural Materials


This group of scans tries to render something unabashedly aesthetic, to exploit the inherent formal qualities of the subjects.  As such, it has always been the nature of the materials themselves that determines the "compositional" approach - their size, number, thickness, color, texture, and degree of transparency.  I mainly want to show the materials for what they are, so the arrangements are very straightforward.  


With single objects, big or small, I like to isolate or frame the area that interests me - e.g., the "Ice XII" or "Leaf II" or "Fern Back".  With very large quantities of small items, such as the "Pollynoses" or "Pumpkin Seeds" or "Berries I & XXII", they are not even composed - they are simply distributed evenly on the scanner.  (An exception is the "Rose Hips", which had to be arranged in order of color.)  Somewhat smaller quantities, like "Dried Poppies" or the two "Pollynoses" images, require very careful arrangement to create the surface tension or visual rhythm that I like.  The same goes for comparatively simple compositions like "Medaglioni di Papa" or the two "Sprigs" pieces.


All images in this series were created with a flat-bed scanner, using either reflected or transmitted light.  Generally there has been little or no retouching, and no photo elaboration except for minor tonal adjustments.


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