A 10-print folio
Ruth Bernhard is credited with saying: "If you can't find something worthy to photograph within forty feet of where you stand, you are not seeing." In the spirit of this wisdom I made this portfolio within a few feet of the back door of our northern California home during five rainy days this Spring.
My wife and I had planted several dozen tulips in our garden, and one morning at the height of their blooming cycle I became captivated by their beauty during a gentle rain. By the third day, I realized I was not photographing simply their beauty but rather, the transformations they were undergoing. The natural progressions of their life cycle, combined with the added effects of the rainy weather, were producing significant changes in their condition and appearance from day to day. In a very organic sense, these tulips became a kind of metaphor for the transitory nature of existence, with clear parallels to our own impermanent lives.
— Robert Hecht, from the artist's statement in the folio