A sneak peek at a weed by Kevin Twomey
I remember as a kid, every summer, pulling dandelions out between the beautiful blades of green grass on the front lawn of my house on Long Island, cursing at them never to return. Little did I understand how tenacious that weed was or the role it played in a garden’s ecosystem. It wasn’t till last summer while exploring some flora for an Emeryville public art works project (images to be displayed fall 2011), that i discovered the beauty, the variety and the the complexity of that little weed.
The image in the June issue of Discover Magazine is just one of a series of photographs on the dandelion weed due to be completed this fall.
Kevin Twomey’s relationship with the California Academy of Sciences started in 2008 with imagery he shot for a promotional piece announcing their newly renovated museum. Creative Director, Rhonda Rubinstein, saw Kevin’s butterfly compositions and thought he would be a good match for an upcoming project. She liked the clean, crisp, textural style that is signature of Kevin’s imagery.
Months later Kevin reached out to Rhonda with an inquiry to gain access to some of the unique specimens in museum’s permanent collection. A trade agreement was arranged. In exchange for access to their rare specimens, the Academy could use the images for a book they were producing for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s Origin of Species.
Kevin’s initial interest was in shooting their butterfly collection for a personal project. Yet, once he gained the ALL ACCESS pass, curiosity quickly led way to chamelions, frogs and tortoises to name a few. Kevin converted a tiny office into a studio and a week later produced the images seen here.
Kevin shares,” One of the more interesting searches through the collection was picking out a fine Galapagos tortoise specimen to shoot, looking for that perfectly preserved tortoise with just the right pose. We walked into a room about 20′ x 20′, that had shelves filled with these giant tortoises, many of them preserved for about 100 years.”
Check in soon for an upcoming project where Kevin collaborates with Hillary Duff.