Lee H. Rentz - WHAT REMAINS
Flora is a ghost town I’ve visited twice, with about 28 years between visits. On the most recent visit, when I took this photograph, the buildings were worse for wear over the decades and some of them may not last much longer. This beautiful old church has a crooked steeple that still reaches toward the heavens. I was there when some red tulips planted perhaps a lifetime ago were in full bloom. I decided to emphasize the tulips in this composition as a form of life going on, even as the town crumbles around them. I find it an evocative statement of time passing. [Addendum: the church was knocked down by the landowner in October, 2023, so this photograph is now a historical record]
LOCATION: Flora, Oregon, USA
Size: 12 X 18”
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This photograph is printed from a digital file on Japanese mulberry paper using pigmented ink. This is a thin paper with long fibers visibly running through the paper, which lends a fascinating texture and look to the presentation. It comes as an 11.5 x 11.5” print, mounted and matted (with a triple-thick white mat) to 16 x 16” using acid-free cotton boards. All materials are archival–designed to last for generations. This is a limited edition of 250 and a signed Certificate of Authenticity is provided.