Black and white


Pages 164–165: In the dead of winter there’s not much color, even in California’s usually highly saturated gardens. The Tilden Park Botanic Garden in the Berkeley Hills emphasizes California native plants. It’s always a wonderful place to wander, but at the turning of the year I looked for texture and form rather than color with monochromatic imagery on my mind.

The succulent gardens, and particularly the agaves shown in this image, seemed to answer my needs for graphic subject matter. My idea in processing the image was to create an effect that looks almost like an etching rather than a photo.

40mm macro lens, four exposures at ...

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