“…to perceive its beauty and to smell its perfume.” Walt Whitman

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Simple Pleasures

My fondest early memories are of time spent at my grandparents’ azalea nursery, the smell of cool damp earth in winter contrasted with the hot, dry, dust of summer. Mostly alone during the days, I explored the acres of green houses or followed the colonies of ants scattered around the property. Plants were everywhere, I loved it. I return to the process of making flower photographs time and again to refresh these sensations.

However, this portfolio is taking me in a new direction. Just as the botanist alters and refines flowers for specific results, I do the same on paper. I photograph a flower or group of flowers, then isolate them in photoshop to manipulate or refine, at times altering shape, structure and color. A background is chosen to create a field on which to construct a composition to set the final piece. I like to explore the formal challenges of two dimensional space and work to expand my own as well as the viewer’s perception of a familiar subject.

08 April 2013

PHALAENOPIS is a beautiful book of orchid photographs containing 34 color plates, available online at:

First exhibited at PØST on Monday, 2 July, 2012, Reception: 7 – 9 PM.
PØST 1904 East 7th Place LA CA 90021 USA
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Signed and numbered archival limited edition prints are available.
For editions and prints sizes, please contact waynelaca@gmail.com.

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