Return to the garden of the soul | Photographs by J. M. Golding


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J. M. Golding

San Francisco, United States

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Calendar Size
Width 11.7″
Height 16.5″
(Printed to fit A3)


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  • 200gsm satin art paper with a tougher cover

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Artist's Description

One autumn, fire ravaged over 3,000 acres of mountain wilderness in northern California. Seemingly against all odds, the following spring brought rare wildflowers to the area. Known as “fire followers,” these flowers only grow in the aftermath of an exceptionally hot fire, occurring perhaps once or twice in a person’s lifetime. Where there had been desolation, there was now hope and joy – mirrored in this unique, if ephemeral beauty that could only come into existence because of destruction.

My photographs shortly after the fire and those from the following spring can be seen in the collection, “From destruction grows a garden of the soul.” “Return to the garden of the soul” contains photographs I made in the burn area during the second spring, as I returned to witness the landscape continuing to recover, and the wildflowers return. On each page of this calendar is a photograph of the landscape, trees, and/or flowers on the mountain that year.

I made these photographs on black and white and color film, using a variety of traditional analogue cameras, including Holga and Diana plastic cameras, a pinhole camera, a zone plate camera, and a vintage Mamiyaflex twin-lens reflex camera.

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