Tioga Lake, Yosemite, 1989

This quiet image on page 11 of Visual Prayers can be easily glossed over since it’s not immediately obvious what it is. Once you realize that because of the title, it must be water and for water to look like that, it must be ice, then it sets your mind up to look a bit deeper to figure out what the photographer might be seeing. One interpretation could be that rather than ice and water, we’re seeing floating bergs of light on top of the deep, black abyss of eternity, and that idea could send you off in many other directions. One should always approach this type of black and white abstraction as poetry and try to find your own personal meaning.

Listen to Richard describe the events that lead to this image.

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Logs and Sand, Oregon, 1976

On page 8 of Visual Prayers, we find this image from the Oregon coast. This is a good example of how Richard is able to extract beauty from visual chaos. The page faces the beginning of an article about Richard’s work and influences by Mary Murray, curator at the Monterey Museum of Art. To quote Mary, “During his long career Richard Garrod has created a body of work – lyrical, sensitive, and intuitive – that always seeks to see more deeply, and is as fine as any that exists today.”

Listen to Richard talk about this coastal image:

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Black Plastic, Texas, 1983

Opposite the Introduction page written by Richard Gadd, we have this intriguing image on page 4 of Visual Prayers. To quote Gadd, “Richard Garrod’s beautiful black and white images are an essential part of Monterey’s historic photographic legacy, and his life is intertwined with many of the area’s most notable artists.”

If you needed proof that there is beauty in Texas, this image should do it.

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Leaf Cluster, Hawaii, 1984

This is one of Richard’s most popular images. It has been purchased by many collectors and has been in almost every show he’s had since it was created. Because it was printed many times over many years, his vision for this image naturally evolved in subtle ways. In a later post, I’ll show that change with a scan of a more recent image. This appeared in his book Visual Prayers opposite the dedication page.

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