One day when I was looking at the Astromelia, I noticed the petals were dropping but they still looked pretty so I took a picture. Then I remembered something Jeffrey Yuen said in class one day. He said, the Chinese say, “Flowers don’t cry when their petals fall.” I thought WOW, that would make a great 15 second video. I would take pictures every day and voilá. (Yes, I am studying French again.) I was struck by the beauty of the flowers as they withered and the petals fell.
The video turned out to be 34 seconds but still not a burden on the viewer. Luck was with me when I started to record the voice over. WKCR was playing “My Favorite Things” performed by John Coltrane, what an auspicious coincidence. I let it play in the background. Remember flowers don’t cry when their petals drop.
This little puff piece came about because when you run out of photographic paper and inks, videos save the day.
One of the lovely things about the market is all the flowers for sale. Some days, I get so enthusiastic that I buy so many flowers that I run out of places to put them. At first, I was just putting flowers in the entrance and the meditation room but after a while I decided to put them in the treatment room, then my studio, then my bedroom and finally in the living room in front of the dancing tree. Some of you might remember this tree from DC.
When I put the flowers in front of the tree, I began to enjoy how they worked with the background. Eventually the tree became like an old fashioned photo studio backdrop. Then I had to add the living room to the places I routinely put flowers.
Here are some of the pictures I took.