Alexander Black was always the inquisitive kid with a camera constantly in hand as he wandered the forests of his native New England. As the years went by and landscapes changed he still always felt that yearn to stroll and stay connected to the flora that surrounds.
These photographs are taken on location in Los Angeles, California. Many are from renowned local destinations full of colorful flora with names like Descanso Gardens, Huntington Library , Exposition Park, Los Angeles’s Arboretum and Botanic Garden. While some are also from a busy side-walk or a quick trespass onto a yard.
Alexander’s works are created using only natural sources of light and color.
Alexander has received international recognition, several awards, has taught in the Los Angeles area, and has been a key-note speaker and consultant for Canon Camera.
"I walked out the door one day covered in life's trials and tribulations, looking to heal and to find a peacefulness, a mindfulness. . . and into nature's emergency room I went.
A flower nears its shining moment just as the light fades one day, then altered by it's short life span and nature's elements, is often gone all together by dawn the next.
What I look for is to arrest those moments, the sudden surprise of brilliant colors and shapes, columns of light coming through a plant's vascular walls, forms that may seem animal or human by design.
I shoot hand-held, using only the available light as I move with the ebb and flow of the clouds passing over the sun and the possibility of the wind and the chaos it brings.
For me, there is great adventure heading down into the miniature world sealed off into nature's amazing museums of native colors."