Barry Rosenthal is an outstanding photographer and a nature lover. He has a series he calls “Photobotanicus” which features perfectly ordinary weeds and flowers. The kind you can find in roadsides. He looks for plants with inherently interesting structure or design and play that structure against the negative space of the white background. The combination of artistic elements has resulted in an almost 3D quality to the finished images. In one of his other series, “Found in Nature” Barry really let his inner beachcomber go. He collected assorted detritus from beaches and sorted them all out in his studio. He sorts them either by color or by type. Some of the stuff that found their way into his final images are: spent shotgun shells, balls, bottle caps, toys, and disturbingly enough: medical waste. He said: “The objects I use also represent personal and cultural history and memories fond and haunting.”
I love my dogs, reading books, and taking great pictures with my battered but still functional digital camera. Taking great pictures with a high end camera is almost too easy, producing fantastic images with an outdated one is an accomplishment by itself.