Summer 2017: California Dreaming

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According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “Hundreds of years ago, many farmers would seal their barns with linseed oil, which is an orange-colored oil derived from the seeds of the flax plant. To this oil, they would add a variety of things, most often milk and lime, but also ferrous oxide, or rust. … It turned the mixture red in color.”

DSC05337A barren tree en route through Yosemite National Park.

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An elf with his Pokemon contemplating life at Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park.

DSC05137 Petrified wood on Sentinel Dome @ 8,124 feet. Yosemite National Park.

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A lizard with blue dots on Sentinel Dome @ 8,124 feet. Yosemite National Park.

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A hiker on Sentinel Dome @ 8,124 feet. Yosemite National Park.

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A butterfly on Sentinel Dome @ 8,124 feet. Yosemite National Park.

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Snowmelt on Sentinel Dome @ 8,124 feet. Yosemite National Park.

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Bride Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park.

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Emerald Bay. Lake Tahoe, CA.

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Lake Tahoe, CA.

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Shipwreck with Lady Bug. Lake Tahoe, CA.

*All photographs copyright Neil de la Flor, 2017.

Exodus

A break from preparing tax returns lead to “Exodus”, a new image from a new photographic series called TxT. Thanks to Bessy Grisell Morales & Andre Martinez for letting me translate their wedding imagery into language, which kind of looks like the conga line that never took place during the reception.

I asked you not to throw them at me when you dance

“I asked you not to throw them at me when you dance” (60″ x 40″) is a photograph from The Quarks, a series of micro stories revelaed through light. This image, like most of the photos in the series, was taken on the 4th of July or New Year’s Eve. The photograph captures the aftermath of dancing with fire and the politics of a relationship. The locus, or the curve formed by the attack of blue, reveals the condition between two coordinates moving relative to one another at the speed of light.

Exhibition information: Marriott Residences, 9200 Collins Avenue from October 22 – January 30th, 2017.

The Invasion of Hoth 

Sometimes there’s nothing you can do but go with the chaos and lean into it. Learn from it (even if it feels like it’s going to drown  you). Giving in isn’t giving up.

“The Invasion of Hoth (or where I left my phone)” is an image from The Quarks, a series of micro stories made visible through light.

When I shot this image, it immediately reminded me of Hoth, that hostile ice planet in Star Wars. That planet where nature thrives despite the circumstances.

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Crisis of Conscience 

Photography calms, especially when I discover beauty in error. These small catastrophes sucker punch the insidious drive for perfection that moves me. “Crisis of Conscience” comes out of the conflict between error & perfection and opens up the possibility of seeing beauty in different manifestations. Recognizing that perfection isn’t an end in itself, but a messy, haphazard process where magic happens along the way. And that’s beautiful.

[The Quarks is a series of micro stories made visible through light.]

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