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Echeveria Geometry

September 8, 2013


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If last Thursday’s storm had an upside, it was that we didn’t have to do any watering since that freakish tempest. In fact, the 40-minute downpour had a positive effect on all our plants, leaving one and all green and perky, even balky ones like our bougainvillea. We had casualties but they were few; one of them being the gorgeous echeveria above. Too tall and top-heavy, the wind took it out, breaking several long flower stalks in the process. I found it the next day and trimmed off the broken pieces; in a vase on our zinc kitchen table its color was an amazing complement. I couldn’t stop looking at this amazing fallen rosette and decided to document it in a photo still life. I began by collecting elements that I thought would play off the echeveria and its color or texture. That was when I noticed that I’d been separating the elements into groups based on basic geometric shapes … Never one to ignore a theme, I set up the photos accordingly, enhancing them finally with digital typography and chalk lines.


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I’m pleased with these images, they make a storm-tossed succulent, random industrial junk and old sign letters look pretty good … and they were something I could put together in the shade once the sun went down. It’s crazy-hot outside!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2013 1:01 pm

    Oh my gosh… I am in love! I can’t stop looking at the different objects you used. I love the different A’s and the lines that you added. It makes me think something architectural. I can see these framed and hung in someone’s home, an art class or even as part of a calendar. Well done! And, I can only imagine how much fun you must have had when your juices started to flow. There’s nothing like that feeling when you’re on to something great!

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      September 10, 2013 3:25 pm

      Thanks, WF … they were fun to put together, which I guess you can tell! 😉

  2. Vickie Perez permalink
    September 12, 2013 4:27 am

    As usual, delights for the eye. We can, if we’re lucky, make eye pretty out of storm damage.

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      September 12, 2013 4:45 am

      Exactly, Vickie! Although my echeveria eventually fell apart I’ll always be able to remember how it had been …

  3. Val Rubida permalink
    September 17, 2013 12:08 am

    Hey Reuben…..Love what you’ve done with Geometry. I only wish it would have been that easy and pretty in high school. Your eye for the artistry with plants is amazing.

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      September 17, 2013 12:11 am

      Thanks, Val … I hated geometry in high school and wish it would’ve been this fun, too!

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