I found and photographed the specimens throughout Florida using a Wista 4x5 view camera and transferred on location. Many Palm specimens came from the grounds of Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Coral Gables, Florida, where the scientists and curators kindly helped with access to palms and assisted with identifying species. As a native Floridian, the omnipresent palm has been, to me, a symbol of strength and solidarity, and was the seminal natural form I photographed.

Original 4 x 5" Polaroid Transfers
10 x 8" Archival Pigment Prints
22 x 17" Archival Pigment Prints


Sabal palmetto
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, 1994

Butia capitatata
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, 1995

Copernicia baileyana
Coral Gables, Florida, 1996

Livistona decipiens
Coral Gables, Florida, 1996

Roystonia regia
Boca Raton, Florida, 1994

Phoenix canariensis
Atlantic Beach, Florida, 1995

Ptychosperma elegans
Coral Gables, Florida, 1996

Copermicia macroglossa
Coral Gables, Florida, 1994

Cocos nucifera
Pompano Beach, Florida, 1995

Phoenix canariensis
Palmetto, Florida, 1994

Washingtonia robusta
Clewiston, Florida, 1996

Phoenix canariensis
Jacksonville, Florida, 1997

Syagrus romanzoffiana
Loxahatchee, Florida, 1996

Veitchia Merrillii
Big Pine Key, Florida, 1995

Phoenix roebelini
Punta Gorda, Florida, 1994