In 2008 approximately 7.5 million people visited New Hampshire to see fall foliage, according to a report by USA Today. I suspect few thought about the fact that these spectacular colors were a gift from death.
Usually we think of death as ugly; cut flowers thrown away at the first sign of wilting, dead branches pruned, leaves raked up and removed. From scarlet to umber, fall leaves cry for us to re-examine our perceptions of death and beauty. We see, but seldom hear. If we look closely, however, we discover that often objects beautiful in life develop a new, different beauty in the transition from life through death. In this series of photographs I have tried to discover that beauty and bring it to the forefront.
Some of the techniques I have use to discover the intrinsic beauty of these forms are described in previous posts.