"I Never Wanted To Grow Roses"...

posted on: Saturday, June 1, 2013




I am so excited to share this project with you. It is very close to my heart. The idea for this project (and other future projects in this style) came years ago. I had been waiting for a perfect story to tell in this style before jumping into the idea. As photographers we get to capture pieces of time. Physical pieces of it in the form of light and energy and transform it into something tangible that you can hold in your hands and remember. We can take a photo, using tricks of composition and light, and make you look at whatever we want you to be looking at. We have both the honor and the heavy task of documenting once in a lifetime moments before they are lost forever to the shadows of time. But weddings aren’t the only stories. And still photographs aren’t the only way to tell them. 

I first got the idea for storytelling in this way from a slideshow I saw on Time Magazine’s website. It was of a sweet 16 birthday party. It was a video, with video style sound. But the images were still photographs. I thought, how interesting to make a movie of split seconds instead of motion. To be able to freeze a moment but then allow someone’s mind to put it into motion by listening to the sounds associated with it. I knew I wanted to tell some stories in this way. But who? And how? 

 When my grandfather, who I grew up living less than a mile away from, told me on the phone that he had Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases it immediately came to me that my first attempt at a project of this type would need to be with him. He has had overflowing gardens of roses, azaleas, and orchids for as long as I can remember. He has been given the distinguished honor of the title “Master Rosarian” for his skill in growing and showing the most beautiful roses. Sadly, his green thumb did not genetically get passed down to me so the story of his garden and images of him in it are precious memories to me. I wanted to capture them for myself and for Cadence to give these memories immortality.

I hope to do a lot more storytelling like this in the future. 

I hope you enjoy this very short story about my Nano, the Master Rosarian, as he tells how he first got into the art of growing roses…