Paul Gill Photography
Exhibited April 2017
March and April bring peak wildflower season to the Sonoran Desert; this year our gallery also blooms in April -- with breathtaking enlargements ranging in size from 16x20 to 20x30 by acclaimed photographer Paul Gill, and priced from $135 - $300.
An Arizona native, his first vivid memories of photographing scenic Spring blooms was 1974 while on a camping trip to Organ Pipe National Park. He spent 15-years as a graphic designer and Art Director at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, during these years he also progressed from 35mm film to medium and large format -- even using a wooden field camera -- before going digital in 2007.
His work has graced the cover and interior pages of Arizona Highways magazine for the past 17 years, he has also been published in National Geographic calendars. Most recently he collaborated as coauthor on the award-winning book Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When Where, and How.
“The 20 wildflower images chosen for the Arboretum exhibit are some of my favorites from the past 25 years – from grand carpets of wildflowers in large landscapes to more intimate closeups, and getting inside the flowers unseen details. 20x30 and 16x20”
Exhibited as metallic prints, the show opens April 1, and Gill invites Arboretum annual members and visitors to an informal meet-the-artist reception in the gallery from 2-4 p.m.
The hillside covered with Coulter's lupine seen on this page was photographed just north of the Arboretum - near the famous Silver King Mine.
"One of my favorite locations for Lupine is the Silver King Mine Road just across highway 60, and within view of the Arboretum. About once-a-decade the hillsides are covered with blue Coulter’s Lupine and goldpoppies that bloom for weeks in late March through early April.
For more information and maps on Silver King Wildflowers see page 134 of our book, Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When Where, and How. For a more consistent wildflower bloom the carpets of gold poppies that cover Peridot Mesa, about 20 minutes east of Globe, is a sure bet almost every year. You'll find good directions and also Apache Reservation permit information on page 180 in our book.
It has been a few years since we've seen a lupine bloom in the Silver King area; rainfall during December-January suggests this might be one of those years. Asked for advice he'd share with photographers hoping to shoot lupine hillsides, Gill said: " The best tip for showing the blue Lupine is to use back or side light to exaggerate the color and a polarizer that will reduce the glare off the waxy surface of the flowers. Lupine, Owl Clover and the Ajo Lilly bloom is a rare event in the Sonoran desert but when the light, temperature, timing and most important consistent rainfall happens like we are having this year get ready for carpets of color that may not happen again for decades"
Does Gill find it more challenging to compose landscapes, or closeup compositions that showcase a specific poppy, a few lupines or chicory?
"Landscapes are the easiest as long as you know when the blooms are open and when they close. For example Mexican Gold Poppies open hours after sunrise and close hours before sunset but Saguaro blooms are best at first light. Photographing wildflower macros requires patience and groveling in the dirt to get close to your subject. I carry an outdoor studio that requires setting up diffusers, reflectors, clamps and wind blocks to get the best results.
See more of his photography at http://paulgill.photoshelter.com/
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Preston Cox & Tammy Knight
Legumes of Arizona