April 6, 2014

Seeing Through


Years ago, a friend of mine, while here in the potager for a magazine shoot, observed a tendency, a preference, a practice of mine...


to plant and photograph and evaluate my garden...through things.



I had not noticed this tendency (as one so often doesn't notice characteristics in oneself...but relies on others to detect them...and then share them with us).



As I strongly believe that gaining self knowledge is crucial to the art of becoming a better human being (an admittedly lofty and elusive thing) I've thought a lot about his observation since then. This desire to see and look through one thing to appreciate another. In my garden, this impulse is usually...



expressed in the form of a sculpted branch, a lattice tuteur, a congregation of stems, the airiness of a blossom, or a teardrop of rain.



In a broader sense, as a metaphor to life, as a way of interacting with the world and with others, I wonder what it means. What lesson is there to be learned? 


A want of transparency and clarity...


or a need of a filter, a barrier, an interpreter...of what is beyond my vision,


or out of my grasp... the familiar and the unknown. Such are my thoughts as I shape the redbuds, thin the Golden Vicary Privet... 


and admire the delicacy of new growth and a new season.




Seeing and looking through the one...to frame and interpret



the other.


1 comment:

  1. The Oklahoma redbuds are so brilliant when they bloom. Our redbuds here aren't as bright.

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