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Roger CampPlants have been a staple of my life since childhood. A father who grew up on a wheat ranch and a mother who became a park naturalist late in life instilled in me an appreciation of the natural world. An award for flower arranging from the local woman’s club at the age of twelve suggested to me that flowers could be the subject matter of art.
I inherited a neglected and overgrown garden with the purchase of my first home. As a result, I began to first use flowers and plants in my photographs in 1982. Much later, beginning in 1989 and continuing through 1991 I worked on a portfolio of photographs entitled Light Music that explored the nature of light and color using prisms and Pyrex glass rods. When I began my Water Music images (underwater flower photographs) in 1991-1999 I carried over the colored glass by incorporating stained glass into the Water Music portfolio. I returned again to flowers in 2005 in my book 500 Flowers which created digitally a garden that transcended both season and place by juxtaposing flowers which bloom at different times of the year and in different parts of the world into the same space.
The Water Music series is suggestive yet ambiguous, evoking images of exotic botanical species and dreamlike subterranean travel. They are designed to create a balance between transience and a sense of place.