DAVID BAHR
Fine Art and Nature Photography

A Lawnmower Subversive

About the Wild Grass Portfolio

Looking at a suburban lawn, an adult might imagine sprinkler systems and mowers, but the young at heart can get down on their hands and knees and see a miniature and colorful forest. In this wild grass collection I search for that enchanted land. Amazingly, wild grass obliges by glowing naturally in every color of the rainbow. I love how our preconceived notions of green lawns are completely upturned by the natural colors found in wild grass.

My original intent was to capture the monochromatic jades of a mountain meadow. It was a complete failure. When I got up close and personal—down on my hands and crawling on my belly—I discovered a profusion of colors, especially near the roots where wild grass glimmers in pastel pinks, peaches, and oranges that shine when the sun hits each blade from behind.I now relish my subversive hunt for the most unexpected of hues.

The grass that you see in these photographs is identical to what I see in the viewfinder of the camera. The colors are exactly as I find them in the meadow, adding I hope to the charm and the sense of natural discovery in these photographs.

You can view the photographs at A Lawnmower Subversive or from the menu on the left.

Mountain Grass

Subversive colors.

Star

A star in the grass.

Pastel Rainbow

Fading away into a colorful wash, bright wildflowers tint the background.