November-December 2014 … The Global Online Magazine of Arts, Information & Entertainment … Volume 10, Number 6
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Tom Bovo/Photography

Digital Photograph©Tom Bovo

The Honeylocust 

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A Language of Leaves

 

There was a period that started in September of 2011 when I had a lot of free time during the day and I filled this time with long walks with my dog. Part of this daily routine involved watching the ground where we walked, so it was easy to observe the leaves that were falling with the approaching autumn. The surprising thing about these leaves was how they changed, both over time and even from street to street, as if one street had a variety that was entirely different that the very next street. Each street had a different set of plants and trees that contributed to a language and dialect of this particular environment, as two countries might have different spoken languages.

I began to pocket some of the interesting leaves I found and brought them home to examine them more carefully. Although they were essentially a flat structure, the process of drying out would twist them into complex distorted shapes and curves that obscured their variety of color and made them uninteresting masses. In order to examine them better, I began to flatten them between two sheets of glass so I could see both their true shapes and their delicate patterns of colors and veins. And then there was the brief time that these leaves remained vibrant and alive — as they dried out, their colors dulled and the pattern of veins within them faded away — and I had to find ways to photograph them before they were gone.

– Tom Bovo

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Tom Bovo / The Autumn Leaves

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 Upcoming exhibits:

• Language of Place featuring work by Katherine Colona Hopkins, Tom Bovo, and Gail Flanery,  in the Project Space at 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, September 12 through October 20, 2013.

• Genius Loci, a solo exhibit of work by Tom Bovo in the front space at 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, October 24 through December 1, 2013

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Tom Bovo is a second generation Brooklyn, NY native. He studied painting and printmaking at Columbia University under noted artists such as print makers Andre Racz and Robert Blackburn, as well as painters David Lund and Leon Goldin. Tom has been working almost exclusively in photography since 1985, doing commercial photography for 10 years. He now concentrates on his own work.

Although heavily influenced by abstract expressionist painters, his photography influences are Eadweard Muybridge, André Kertész, and Diane Arbus.

To see his other works, visit www.tombovo.com.