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These portraits were taken of oranges trees, covered for the simple purpose of inhibiting pollination from seeded varieties in surrounding groves, so as to create seedless oranges. The photographer gives thanks to the farmers who unknowingly contributed to his work by covering their trees so dramatically.
“Initially, I took pictures in this area because I sensed the possibility of images unlike any I had ever taken, not knowing what might follow. I went to this place several times on clear and sunny days and came home with pictures that were vaguely interesting but falling short for sure. Then one dark and cloudy day, I returned to find a completely different place, and finally realized what was missing: weight.
The rains came and I began taking pictures of only the ends of the rows in these groves, the skies dark and the trees heavy with moisture. They began looking like individuals to me – ladies - each with a distinct personality. With sadness and loneliness in common, they were all residents of some mysterious place of their own meant for brides-to-be, jilted, left at the altar, perhaps, all of them beautiful.”
Ted Dayton is an artist in transition from life as a commercial photographer to one expressing a vision of beauty inherent in ordinary things we see every day as we rush through our busy lives. Assignments have taken him from the oil fields of south Texas to the runways of the Los Angeles fashion world and to the homes of celebrities. He lives in Santa Clarita with his wife, Jill.
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