Hiking through the woods one morning in late May, a number of wildflowers starting to fade along the trail.
In the filtered sunlight, one captured my attention almost immediately.
Opened My Senses
On this very calm, windless morning, the brilliance of this solitary dandelion captivated my senses. I never noticed the green plants around or beneath it.
Rather, my full attention fell to the bright yellow flower head and the details of each if its many small flowers.
Looking at the dandelion that morning, it exuded a feeling of optimism, as if to say “This is going to be a great day”.
I know, some may not quite agree that a dandelion can provide any type of feeling other than perhaps a nuisance in the yard. Yet it can, and does.
The challenge was to capture this sense of optimism I was feeling in a way that others could also enjoy this benefit.
This image was displayed in my 2018 art fair booth as a Dura Plaq print.
It is equally as eye-catching in print as it was that day along the trail. Visitors to my booth were drawn to it.
Many believe it to be a sunflower, some offer another suggestion.
When they learn that it is a dandelion, most are totally surprised. Their enjoyment of the print doesn’t change and remain captivated by the detail and depth.
Surprisingly to me though, a very few, upon learning its origin, no longer held the same opinion of the image. They viewed it as only a weed, and missed the brilliance and optimism the dandelion offered.
To bring forth the optimism of this dandelion, rather than showing the entire flower head, I chose to off-set the center.
This allows the “action” of the flower’s center to first capture the attention of the viewer. The radiating lines away from the center offers many other locations to explore.
Viewers comment often about the “3D” effect. Some even touch the print to confirm it is only 2D!
Couldn’t you image how great it would feel to see this optimistic dandelion each morning in your home?
File ID: PHP_IMG_13808
1Ds Mark III, Canon 180 mm f/3.5 L USM
focal length 180mm
ISO 50, 1/4 seconds, f/22
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Pike Lake Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hartford, Wisconsin