“Nurturing Time, Life in a Backyard Garden” inhabits the place where still life and landscape meet.
The project’s working method bridges the disparate practices of documentary and staged photography to explore how we regard our natural surroundings as we nurture, shape and control them. The series depicts the human presence in Nature in the form of arrangements I make from plant and flower cuttings taken from my garden, and then photograph amidst the cycle of growth, decay and rebirth that unfolds there.
To create the assemblages I isolate the plants individually—often altering them by drying, tying or otherwise reconfiguring their appearance—and then arrange and combine them to make associations or suggest contradictions when placed against a chosen background. A simple cardboard box serves as both neutral container and conceptual envelope to display the arrangements.
Beyond typology, “Nurturing Time” offers us the richness of the garden and illuminates our connection to it. The assembled flower boxes resonate with a range of emotion, reflecting our own experience of vitality and decay, abundance and loss. Memory—Time’s shadow—is present here, too, as events and lives are evoked and memorialized by these images.
David Wolf’s photographs explore worlds both seen and imagined. While he has photographed in many places, David most often works close to his home in the vibrant Mission District neighborhood of San Francisco. The passage of time is a continual source of inspiration for David’s work; he is especially drawn to making images that express how change becomes visible in the physical world.
Wolf’s photographs have been exhibited nationally at such venues as Aperture, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Photographic Center Northwest, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He exhibited a selection from his series, "Nurturing Time, Life in a Backyard Garden," as an invited guest artist at the Lishui International Photography Festival in Lishui, China.
David’s work can be found in a variety of museum, corporate and private collections, including the Bibliotheque nationale de France, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, The Prentice and Paul Sack Photographic Trust of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
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