Amour de Pomme de Terre
Amour de Pomme de Terre is a photographic series that explores the curious life-cycle of the potato. When first harvested, potatoes appear smooth, but as they age, their shape distorts and changes, and then miraculously, new green growth appears. This is because potatoes don’t grow from seeds, like most other vegetables, they grow from what is called slips––shoots that sprout directly out of the matured bodies of tubers. For this series, I collected potatoes I found visually interesting at farmer’s markets, and allowed each to mature in my studio. I observed and documented these bulbous, vulnerable creatures, as they transformed and gave way to new life. Capturing this new life, emerge from seemingly barren objects, was inspiring to me. The resulting large-scale prints point to the cyclical nature of time and the chance for new growth in all living things.