Some friends of mine, Peter Taussig and Carey Benenson Taussig, opened a little store on Rodeo in Santa Fe, New Mexico called Erbe Naturals. They specialize in high quality herbs and tinctures and teas and homeopathic remedies, but they've already started branching out into almost any area where a well made, natural product might interest their customers. Nice people, nice stuff in the store, please check them out if you happen to be in the area and say 'hi.'
Anyway, Carey knew from the beginning that having some unique photos up in the store would help create the atmosphere she was looking for, and after speaking and planning a little, she handed off some twigs and powders and leaves for me to photograph. We managed to get everything shot and printed and hung for their grand opening, and everything came out great. There are several 20x30" prints and one 24x36" print, larger than I'd ever printed before and with better quality than I would have imagined from my 10 and 12 megapixel images.
Carey and Peter gave me a lot of freedom in how I approached things, but they definitely had something in mind that I was trying to capture while I worked. I love macro work and I wanted to do focus on narrow depth of field shots so I could focus the viewer's eye on just a very specific slice of teh image, and I tried to create nice, watercolory washes behind that would compliment the plant and compliment the colors in their store.
From corn silk tea to chamomile astragalus root to some kind of mushroom (I'll look the name up if anyone's interested), I'm really proud of the results and I love seeing people notice the photos when I visit the store.
They'll have a website any time, but for now you can visit them on Facebook. Meanwhile, please check out some of the selects in the slideshow below, or even better, visit Peter and Carey in person.