I was one of those who didn’t pack up and get on the road when it became clear that the CAT 5 hurricane, Irma would be making a head-on landing in Naples, FL where I live. For me there was really no question but that I would stay put. For one thing, I live alone and I'd rather be behind the cement walls of my built-to-code condo building, hovering over my things, than on the road with everyone else in search of safety.
Going through the hurricane turned out to be the most frighten experience of my life, and one I don’t ever want to go through again. The next time I hear the ‘H’ word, Im out of here! When the storm did finally pass: eye-wall, the eye and all the rain, as a CAT 4, my windows were in tact, so I went out to find what destruction had been wrought. It looked like a war-zone. Almost all the trees were down.
I have previously found peace and comfort surrounded by the the flora of the areas so now, in a kind of desperate mission, I began my search to find something of beauty somewhere, if just for my morale. At first it seemed there was only rubble and too much sun now that almost all the beautiful flowering trees were down. Initially thinking I would record what I saw, l began to photograph the piles of brush and debris that lined the roads as work crews began to make the roads and parking lots passable. I didn’t realize until I downloaded the first walk-about and printed the images, that I discovered that inevitable logical pattern in nature I always drivel in was there in those piles. The color reminded me of Renaissance paintings. The patterns somewhere along the line of an abstract expressionist like Jackson Pollack, or maybe even Cy Twombly.
Over the weeks that followed I found various piles I was drawn to, some I stopped the car to shoot. I thought it would appear odd to people as they drove by to see this lady out there aiming her camera at piles of brush. Only once or twice did I sense someone gape.
I've printed them on a soft warm antique lithography paper which lends a painterly feel to the digital prints. I have a series of 20 of them. Although not in line with my usual offering of artwork, I feel there is something worthwhile in this series and offer them to you for sale.