Carol Horigan

I came to photography indirectly. Initially my interest in painting introduced a desire in me to always have a camera by my side to work out elements of composition and design in order to interpret the world that surrounds me. Looking through a lens, I find I observe differently, more selectively. I compose & recompose. With a photographer’s eye, I find that I perceive more abstractly… I see colors, lines, shapes, textures, light.

For me, there is a strong contemplative, meditative component to photography. It is a medium that through the act seeing, you quiet your mind to consider not only what is before you, but also what you want to express, free from distractions from the outside world. From this deep immersion within, the beauty and complexity of the natural world is expressed.

Since moving to the high mountain desert in America’s West, I’ve felt a keen sense of place. With spring’s arrival, I get swept away by the awe inspiring new vegetation sprouting forth and I want to celebrate it. As painter Georgia O’Keeffe professed, “Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t the time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.” I take the time; I look closely; I see detail. In the sunlight and shadow, nature is my inspiration. I see abstract intricacies. More than merely documenting images, I endeavor to convey the haunting, compelling mysteries of nature that surround me. I see flowers as the poetry of everyday life.

Through the use of metaphor, my recent work concerns itself with the relationship of our delicately balanced Earth to our own cycles of life and mortality: these ideas are conveyed through portraying the complex beauty of nature while expressing its continual renewal. A budding flower or a flower going to seed, like this Apache Plume series, symbolizes to me revitalization, growth, potential, hope, endless possibilities, and of course, a beauty to be cherished.

The Apache Plume shown here are the small inch long pinkish purple seed heads that appear after the tiny 1/2” wide white flowers bloom in spring. Although it looks delicate and ethereal, it is a rugged desert plant that can thrive even under extreme hardships.

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Title: Apache Plume series
Medium: Digital Photography
Size: 11×140 inch
Date: 2016

 

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Title: Apache Plume series
Medium: Digital Photography
Size: 11×140 inch
Date: 2016

 

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Title: Apache Plume series
Medium: Digital Photography
Size: 11×140 inch
Date: 2016

 

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Title: Apache Plume series
Medium: Digital Photography
Size: 11×140 inch
Date: 2016

 

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Title: Apache Plume series
Medium: Digital Photography
Size: 11×140 inch
Date: 2016

 

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Title: Apache Plume series
Medium: Digital Photography
Size: 11×140 inch
Date: 2016