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John Sexton - Corn Lily & Grasses, Near Snowmass Village, Colorado
John Sexton - Corn Lily & Grasses, Near Snowmass Village, Colorado
John Sexton - Corn Lily & Grasses, Near Snowmass Village, Colorado

John Sexton - Corn Lily & Grasses, Near Snowmass Village, Colorado

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Corn Lily & Grasses, Near Snowmass Village, Colorado, 1996 (printed in 2020/21)

5.25"x7" Silver Gelatin Photograph printed on 11"x14" paper

Corner Mounted/Matted on 13"x16" Museum Board

From John Sexton's website...I made the image Corn Lily and Grasses early one chilly September morning following the conclusion of one of my many Anderson Ranch Art Center two-week long workshops in Snowmass, Colorado. Though we were exhausted from the intense and exciting workshop experience, Anne and I were up before first light, hiking into a favorite location of ours that we try to visit every time we are in that area.

I have enjoyed photographing corn lilies since I first became involved in photography. Usually I photograph them in the early summer, when their luminous leaves are a subtle green. This particular corn lily plant had finished its growing stage, and fallen over a few weeks before. I found a quiet grace in the gesture of the plant nestled in the grasses. I used a red filter to separate the yellow-orange color of the dried corn lily leaves from the green of the surrounding grasses. I enjoy the elegant simplicity of this image. This photograph is also reproduced as Plate 48 in my book Recollections: Three Decades of Photographs.