Lumen naturae, the light of nature, conceived by medieval alchemists as a light that penetrates the human unconscious, generates a path of interiority revealing the deeper self.  Being in nature, whether the deep green forest or the austere dry desert, holds the potential to inspire inner illumination. In this first volume of a planned multi-volume set, a penetrating green dominates, the viriditas of abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Photographed in the forested coastal region of northern Sonoma County, California, these forests are rebounding from successive clear cuts, graced from time to time by an abandoned fruit tree and other objects, suggesting an untold history.


Archival pigment prints on Moab Entrada 300 natural 100% rag paper
24″ x 30″
Edition of 10
© 2013-2015 Deborah O’Grady