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Wild Harmonies: The Botanical Photography of Gayle S. Moore

96 pages, 12" X 12" hard cover monograph

50 black & white photographs printed in halftones on 100 lb. Sterling matte paper with hardcover and dust jacket


The soft folds of the dried amaryllis, the curves of the young sumac leaves, the minute detail seen in the bellflower seed baskets, and the angular form of the dogbane.…   Wild Harmonies is my photographic celebration of nature’s botanical wonders enriched by the descriptive words of Henry D. Thoreau.

My intent with these photographs is to demonstrate a wild nature, that life force that is beyond human influence - each plant’s unique shape and form - the flow of nature’s life blood in the veins of the leaves - the unique expression of a plant, such as the curl of the dried beech leaf.

Gayle S Moore


All images were taken with a Wista 4” x 5” Technical Field Camera using Kodak T-Max 400 sheet film. The negatives were developed in Kodak XTOL. An unsharp mask (Kodak T-Max 100 film) was used with each negative.

The negative was on a Besler 4X5 enlarger with a V54 cold light using a Schneider f/5.6 Componon 150 mm lens.

The images were printed on Ilford Multigrade IV FB glossy paper, developed in Ilford PQ developer, fixed in Photographers’ Formulary TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer, and toned in Kodak Rapid Selenium Toner. Each print is washed in an Alistair Inglis Cross-Jet Archival Washer for archival permanence.

These images were scanned as halftones. The book, “Wild Harmonies” was printed by Friesens of Altona, Manitoba, Canada.


The images in Gayle Moore’s “Wild Harmonies:” reveal a sensitivity that far exceeds the line and form displayed within these pages. Her eye is ever alert to Nature’s secrets as revealed in her choice of the accompanying Thoreau quotes. Her work, unpretentious, brings us to pause and carefully explore the rich simplicity of her emphasis on shape, texture, and line displayed in these photographs. The subtle curl of a single beech leaf best illustrates the mystique of Gayle’s vision. Magically floating on the page, the leaf displays the profound beauty and power of Nature’s creative hand. And in Gayle’s photograph the leaf lives on as if challenging us to open our lives to the infinite wonders of that same natural world.

Thomas A. Potter, Naturalist, Photographer, Past President of the Thoreau Society

Simple, elegant, ethereal, quintessential.

Sometimes sensuous, always beautifully crafted and presented without pretense, her style is a Japanese haiku in visual form. These are the sophistication of line and grace, the most delicate grays, classical and elegant.  They are a sensuous ballet of tonalities, employing form instead of movement.

Don’t look at this work and put it away.   Come back to it after a day and a week and a month.  It grows more complex each time, and reveals more to you as you explore these forms suspended in time and space.

Paul R. Paletti, Jr., Attorney, photographer, collector, Paul Paletti Gallery, Louisville, KY