First Friday Santa Cruz



Barbara Brundage

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When Covid first hit, I had to abandon travel plans to photograph the world. Instead, I turned inward and started shooting flowers. Eventually, I began photographing my flowers underwater, in an aquarium. I inject inks and paints to swirl around the flowers. There is a 1 to 2 minute window where I can get a clear shot before the water becomes too murky. This makes for a quick, tense, energetic shooting session. It is almost like the tank of water is my canvas and where I inject the colors and with how much energy determines the composition and result. I am looking for a pleasing interaction between the colors and the flowers. Sometimes I get nothing, and sometimes I get magic! I call this series, Submerged.

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