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july

In this print, I attempted to capture summer at its height. Not only does it evoke sparklers and long summer evenings, but also a brilliant and intriguing flower. On volcanically active Hawai‘i Island, the now endangered ‘ōhi‘a lehua tree is, in fact, one of the first plants to colonize the scorched landscape created by devastating lava flows. After the tree matures in the midst of the desolation, it offers stunning, delicate blossoms—usually red, but sometimes yellow, orange and even pink—which stand out against the backdrop of rough black rock. Botanical musings aside, I also thought about a series of photographs by Ryan McGinley while developing the print. The lensman poses his nude subjects in often expansive natural settings, from icy environments to lush tapestries of foliage.