In this artwork, subtle footpaths wind over and around surreal-colored dunes and meadows, like the footprints of a lost soul stumbling through the high-noon desert or along a multi-hued dreamscape. But in this case, each tiny footprint is a plant cell on a colorful flower petal or leaf. By carefully choosing the focus, I have selected a line of cells that appears to move up, down, and around hills and obstacles. Each tiny fold in a flower petal creates a mountain over which the trail ascends.
As you might expect, this work involves holding my breath and waiting for complete calm. Any winds or even the slight purring of a nearby refrigerator can make the petals vibrate and lose focus. Although the images are extreme close-ups, the photographs in this portfolio are achieved with traditional lenses rather than microscopes. The high resolution of a medium-format camera helps to capture the subtle structures.
You can view the photographs at Footprints on Flower Petal Dunes or from the menu on the left.