In the springtime, I find it easy to have images flowing into social media. We are in contact with a lot of sites during a time when everything in the garden is emerging and their is day to day changes and transformations in the landscape. But then...we get to, what I call, "Construction Season." We go through production phases during the year; spring maintenance till Memorial Day weekend, then smaller installs and constructions for a month or two, then by mid-July we start "Construction Season" where we build two or three larger landscape projects (It happens this way because of the time it takes to plan out larger projects). By the end of September we finish up a few smaller works as we start the fall maintenance season up until final leaf removals in early December.
But the images during construction season are slow. There is less change to document. In the real, most images in the Buff Hort project are of the changing seasons, the landscapes movement through human time, and the rhythm that we can move from place to place around the city. But when it comes time to document our changing of the landscape itself, well - those are slow photos.
I last posted the five images I submitted for critique in the workshop, but those where chosen from an original body of 220 clicks that attempted to compose about 50 images. I moved the images into my laptop, "favorited" anything I saw as having potential, and then selected the five I liked best from the reduced group. These are the B-sides.
Also, I haven't imagined these images as "Intagram and Phone Images." I recognize this is how most view content now, but...well...I don't see "The Buff Hort Journal" as content - it is a filing and archive system to share and save my work. (See C.W Mills essay "On Intellectual Craftsmanship," 1959) A phone screen is probably to small for these images and little of the composition would be understandable.
I spent the weekend northeast of Philadelphia at a garden called "Chanticleer" in Wayne, Pennsylvania. I hope to post some reflections soon. It was "opening" - meaning, it allowed for a vulnerable, producing space to open up as I worked. Outside of Instagram I don't really have an identity as a photographer, so I was very unsure of my space there. It took a little while, but I was able to break myself free from the pressures of a group and be alone to work with my camera: And, really, my tripod, reflector, and lens kit, which doesn't ever really happen because all my images are captured on the move and I never have time to carry or deploy a tripod - nor do I ever have good light; I only have a tripod to get some camera stability doing low light shots of flowers in my office and studio in the winter time.
I will share images as they become ready as I'm still going through them . Here I will offer the five images I submitted in the workshop for critique.
From Matthew Dore, the "I" voice of Buffalo Horticulture and "The Buff Hort Project."