In Protea: The Magic and the Mystery photographer Gil Garcetti approaches the still-life subject with the same intimacy and insight he brings to his human subjects. Accompanied by whimsical and, at times, passionate prose from writer, Larry Livingston, these dramatic images reveal the unique personality of each bloom. Garcetti writes:
“When I looked at the photograph I had just taken, I recall exclaiming “Whoa!” I had a huge smile on my face and my first photographic still life project, was born. The photograph was of a single Protea flower. This was in January 2017.
The Protea blooming season was just beginning. In my household I am the one who tends the flowers we grow and I create the flower arrangements. The Santa Monica Farmer’s Market is where I discovered Protea flowers. The vendor and now friend, Oliver Woolley, was the person who brought Protea to the market from northern San Diego County. You might say that I caught his infectious enthusiasm for Protea. For me, there was something magic, enthralling, and not to overstate it, THRILLING when I focused my camera lens on Protea. Open the book and leave it turned to the same photograph for 3 to 5 days. My hope is that the images and words bring you daily joy and inspiration.” (Balcony Press)