Recently I began printing photographs for a new show as part of an ongoing three-year project photographing wild ferns. Each spring since 2013, I have been enthralled with the emergence of early spring ferns. They are probably one of the most appealing members of the plant kingdom in their delicacy, variety, and sheer beauty. One of the fun parts of creating a new show is coming up with a title that describes the work. Since I like my titles to be three-word descriptive titles, the best idea I could come up with in three words was, “I love ferns.” Yet that title seemed far too simplistic for such a complex subject. Since ferns are, in my opinion, one of the most elegant plant species, I decided a more appropriate title would be “I love ferns” in French. That translates into our title, “J’aime fougères.” Since French is probably the most elegant spoken language, it seemed appropriate for the most elegant of plants.
So for the last three weeks, I have been living in the darkroom, making prints. These prints are different in that I have decided to print them on a beautiful, warm-tone, silver-gelatin paper that seems much better suited to these images than my traditional, colder-tone paper. One might think that black and white images of such an intense green subject might not work. On the contrary, it works extremely well and provides a unique view of this very traditional color subject.
The work continues and hopefully we will be announcing the opening of this new show, J’aime fougères, at my gallery in Freehold within the next few weeks. We will hold a three-day open house on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday later in May, just as the wild ferns themselves unfurl. Please keep watch for an announcement.