In her gorgeous book Fleur Weymouth Photographs
, Fleur Weymouth writes that the ways of looking at things are as many as those who hold a camera.
More than this, she says in her "Notes on the Plates" at the back of the book, "Photographing is my way of listening."
She hears what is below the veneer; she captures the core.
This is an honest, direct, playful, endearing book of strikingly classical photographs, sheer to the truths beneath. In other words, a spectrum of life. Her rainbow.
Weymouth has spent time taking retired heads of corporations on photography field trips. "They carried expensive cameras," she says. "They hadn't yet allowed themselves to slow down so they could see. Time was money to them. They'd earned a good living for their families. In the process they'd missed the world."
On one trip, she took them to a heap of ropes beside boats at a marina: "They weren't too pleased at first. Three hours later, it was hard to get them away. The universe in all its mystery lives right besides us. If we slow down, we'll come to know what it feels like to join that powerful current."
Lightness of heart and scrambling unlikely things together are two of her stratagems for new discoveries. For example, one of her most popular camera images includes the rough-hewn hand of a man holding a delicate stem full of perfect wild strawberries. Another is an image of a scuffed and scraped old hiking boot with fragile butterflies sun-warming on the worn leather toe.
These two Fleur Weymouth images appear in the April 2010 issue of Helicon Nine Editions, published by Gloria Vando Hickok.
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