Tillandsia Recurvata - Horizontal
Fine Art Print
2015, Open Edition
Archival photographic print on heavyweight, acid-free soft gloss paper. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request. Features a 1.5" white border around the image to allow for easy framing.
Landscapes come in many forms, especially in Texas which boasts such a wide vista. This work is an alternative South Texas landscape championing an underdog of the local native plant world, Tillandsia recurvata, commonly known as ball moss. This oft-misunderstood plant is neither moss nor parasite as is widely believed. It is a member of the bromeliad family with roots, flowers and leaves. It derives its entire sustenance from dust, rain, sunshine.
A native of South Texas myself, I explore the idea of community pride as well as the connectedness and network of communication between all things. Proof of this idea comes in the recent discovery that ball moss, something so common and easy to ignore, has compounds that are now known to fight cancer and AIDS–and all this from dust, rain and sunshine. In this piece, the idea of “bloom where you are planted” takes on special significance.
San Antonio, Texas
Over the past 20 years, Ansen Seale has developed his own photographic technique called “slit scan photography.” He invented his own camera–a modern and digital cousin of the panoramic camera–that has the faculties to invert many of the traditional rules of photography. With his equipment, unmoving objects are blurred and moving objects are rendered clearly. “It is important to understand that my images are not artificially manipulated. This is truly the way the slit scan camera sees the world,” he says. Though a photographer by practice, Ansen is most influenced by painters, and the images he produces possess a notably painterly quality.