How do you know that you love what you do? Many a list and article will give you good answers to that question, and I can offer one sure indicator right now:
I had been cooped up for months making a big push to get this website up and running: shelves stocked, galleries hung, robots ready to assist you. When I finally felt like it was time to cut the ribbon and invite everyone in to come take a look around, I excitedly (nervously?!) hit PUBLISH. After so much work, my first impulse for a celebration was to venture out to the San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers and ... shoot more photos of flowers! (click any image for more info)
I think I lost her a few times because I was knelt down in an odd position with a camera glued to my face for so long, transported into the tiny worlds I visit when getting up close and personal with a new flower — but that's what spacephone walkie-talkies are for!
It still feels exciting every time, no matter how many flowers I meet. The light is different, each bloom is different, even among the same species. The angles, the way two or more flowers overlap each other, the presence of a tiny insect...
I am still surprised sometimes when I see a flower I've met before at HOW TINY they are in reality, because I have been staring at their image made monumental for so long! On the left is an iPhone snap of the Dancing Lady orchid, and on the right is an image I made on a previous trip (prints available here):
Spending time in this beautiful structure, steeped in history and surrounded by lush, vibrant life and robust color is always a soothingly meditative refresher and an easy escape from cement and screen time. It was an perfect celebration for the launch of Collected Works Curios dot com; a sneak peak of one of the images I captured that day:
I'll be adding brand new Botanical images to the shop in the coming weeks — follow Collected Works Curios on Instagram and Facebook for updates on new prints and other curios as they land! In the meantime, a handful of iPhone snaps from the 'party':
Thanks for reading, and make sure to spend some time with the flowers at the Conservatory if you're in town. 10am–4:30pm, closed on Mondays. Admission is $9 adults, $6 for San Francisco residents (discounts for youth & seniors). Click for detailed info. Accessible by SF MUNI bus lines and Golden Gate Park shuttle.
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