PHOTO ESSAY: Always Home, Always Away
I have grown roots in two places: rural northern Ohio, and near-downtown Sarasota, Florida.
North and South, city and country, natural and built environments, those I reach by a contemplative walk, and those I reach by car ride: I try to catch the images that call out to me.
Raised by parents who believed that the material world does not exist, I disagreed early on. I photograph to affirm, honor, and praise what lies before me. Considering the material world sacred, I try to reveal my reverence for it in my work.
Wherever I am—depending on place, season, and weather—wind, sun, rain, or snow can change a scene in seconds. Bright sun enables some shots and disables those that only reveal themselves in more diffuse light. A photograph taken in the morning cannot be repeated in the afternoon, or even twenty minutes later. Every second has a reward, but recognizing the gift is not always easy.
Here I have paired 14 photographs—one taken in Florida, one in Ohio—on the basis of similarities, sometimes of line or composition, sometimes of subject matter. Paired, the photographs speak of differences.
More photographs showing evidence of the iron bacteria are in Grashoff’s recently published book, They Breath Iron: Artistic and Scientific Encounters with an Ancient Life Form. The book describes microbes that create colorful films and deposits in and along Ohio’s Vermilion River and elsewhere around the world. For information about They Breathe Iron, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. See other photographs at lindagrashoff.wordpress.com.