The Foreign Beauty of Nature at Mockingbird Paperie

Amber Donofrio

Ithaca Times,
May 24, 2017

I recently came across a book of work by the German photographer Stefan Hunstein, which included awe-evoking portraits of Arctic landscape. At the end of the book was a manifesto the artist wrote, perhaps functioning as his artist statement, that seemed almost at odds with the work, or more specifically with its medium. Continue reading

Portraits and Poetry

Arthur Whitman

Ithaca Times,
October 5, 2016

[Susan C.] Larkin uses a digital image processing technique called focus stacking, which involves compositing multiple images of varying focus into a single image. The result is that her photos have an overall clarity perfectly suited to her intricate, alien micro-worlds. Beautifully illuminated against black backgrounds, even familiar plants become unnervingly strange. Continue reading

Experiments

Aquilegia

Aquilegia

 

 

I sometimes wonder if I’m getting stuck—shapes—highlighted and placed on a black background.  I’m not finished because there are so many more seedpods and leaves that I haven’t photographed.

 

 

 

 

 

Phytolacca americana

Phytolacca americana

 

But does the background always have to be black? Pokeweed doesn’t work with a black background because the berries don’t show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bougainvillea over Passion Flower Leaf

Bougainvillea over Passion Flower Leaf

 

Another possibility is using a different plant for a background.  The shapes are not so clear but there is an almost billowing surface.  I want to dip my hand inside and see if it’s as soft as it appears.

This Renaissance of Light: August 3—26, 2015

This Renaissance of Light
Photographs and Poetry by
Timothy and Susan C. Larkin

Houghton Gallery, 171 Cedar Arts, Corning, NY

“When I read Tim’s poems after examining each photograph in each section, I would formulate new questions and resist the temptation to assume that there is one way to interpret each photo, even if Tim’s poetry provided some pointers and the section titles helped organize the photographs into distinctive groups.”  Alexei Waters

Scarlet Runner Bean

Scarlet Runner Bean

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace

Monkshood

Monkshood