I just saw a
movie where the people are supposed to choose a moment that is going to be the
memory that will stay with them forever when they die. The process of doing that
is a very peculiar thing, you could take the most wonderful memory ever and put
in that context, to be stuck with that forever, is pretty terrible. There is something
about that that I think is present in my work.
was in California at the Huntington Botanical Gardens and I saw this big
cactus that was blooming. It had a great big white flower, and I had my binoculars
as well as my camera, so I took my binoculars out and I looked right into the
center of this flower. I just gasped because it was so amazingly beautiful. No
one could see that close because you had to stay on the path, and I started handing
my binoculars to strangers that were gathering around. I said you have to
look into the center of that flower!
They were all just astounded,
and they said, Who would ever know, who would guess that it was so beautiful
in the center of that flower! So theres the combination of that kind
of feeling along with knowing that a lot of these things are endangered. They
may become extinct if they are placed in environments where they are not naturally
grown. A lot of my work is about that, walking that edge between those two worlds.