Mary Howe Hawkins

Artist Statement
These gelatin silver photographs range in size from one to three inches in height and width. The images are of plants that I have grown in my studio and home gardens. I took these photographs using black and white film, then developed, printed, and hand colored each image. My interest is not in the flower itself, but in the spaces between petals, leaves and stems. From a distance, small shifts in light and dark can get lost, imperfections almost disappear. Zoom in, and you can see every bump and blemish, each detail of light and color. These are not realistic representations or botanical illustrations, just tiny pictures of plants.