Ruth Bernhard "Seaweed and Lobster Tail, California"
Signed on the mount and on the overmat; attached to the original brown board (which dates the print c.1960-70s); from a 4'x5' negative.
While best known for her nudes, Ruth Bernhard's other often under-appreciated body of work concentrates on common and found objects. Ruth says her photographs are really all about light; and this piece is a prime example.
Ruth wrote about this image: 'I once was walking on the beach and picked up a stone. Two miles further down the beach I picked up another stone which previously had been joined with the first stone. Now how do you exlain a thing like that? It's eerie. I don't know if life is predestined, but something comes together and I'm glad.' (from 'Collecting Light: The Photographs of Ruth Bernhard,' The Friends of Photography, 1979.
'Ruth Bernhard specializes in nude photography; admits that she uses the same approach for this type of picturization that she would if the subject were a landscape, seascape,or any other manifestation of nature. She prefers any subject matter which offers something of the mystic or imaginary element; pictures the abstracts rather than the realities of the modern world.' (from 'U.S.Camera 1942' p. 180)
Keywords: abstraction; still life