by Don Lawrence
cancer-induced colostomy, followed by a diagnosis of Muscular Dystrophy
meant a lot of changes in Don Lawrence's life.
One thing that's remained constant is his interest in art and photography.
that his photographs speak for themselves, but he agreed to furnish
the following explanation of his artistic motives.
My photos fall into two categories:
I use them to document my artwork (constructions and collages) and
to record my surroundings.
Pansies and Poinsettia leaves (collage)
In either case the underlying
purpose is to share them, and thereby garner the pat-on-the-head,
chuck-under-the-chin, approval, verification and, finally, the support,
that I need. Of course, it would be nice if it all came from within.
Squash and Pansies
I've been snapping shots for what
seems like forever, investing more and more effort and money in
better equipment, and developing lots of film in order to get a
few good prints.
Firefly on Shrimp Plant
Since the cancer/colostomy that
led to my disability retirement from the New York City Transit Authority
and my escape to Paradise here in North Carolina, I've discovered
gardening, a whole new subject for my photos.
When introducing the
photo below, I like to observe that photography and gardening, combined,
with a warped sense of humor, have produced this new strain of an
old favorite flower.
Photographs and text © 2000 Don Lawrence
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