Forget stylish or chic. I want to be described as exuberant.
It was while reading a book on exuberance (Kay Jamison’s Exuberance: The Passion for Life) that I discovered the work of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley. Wilson Bentley is the reason we know that each snowflake is unique. On January 15, 1885, at age 19, Bentley discovered how to capture the beauty of snowflakes on film. His technique is still used today.
Known as a photomicrograph, he worked outside in the snow, catching each snowflake on a blackboard, quickly transferring it to a microscope and then photographing it, all before it melted. During the course of his lifetime, he took over 5000 images of snowflakes, like the ones shown above.
Calling snowflakes “snow blossoms” and “miracles of little beauty” Bentley said that “no words can convey…the intense enjoyment, the almost countless thrills, these winter studies have afforded me.” Jamison claims that it was this “exuberance that gave (Bentley) passion, stamina, and a lasting voice to speak out for small beauties.” My kind of guy.
And I think a series of beautifully framed snowflakes by Bentley hung grid-style would look smashing decorating the walls of your chic lodge. You can purchase prints of his work here.
Yuji Obata’s beautiful photography of falling snow flakes is directly inspired by Wilson Bentley. His work, available at Danzinger Gallery, is another gorgeous option for your winter abode.
Obata experimented for 5 years until he was able to capture snowflakes in free fall (as opposed to Bentley’s images on a flat surface) without the means of digital or any other manipulations. Here are a few more examples of his work.
Obata’s snowflake images also are available in what may be the ideal coffee table book for your luxe lodge, his book Wintertale. Signed and unsigned copies can be ordered at Photo-Eye Bookstore.
The ‘luxe” lodge look is right on trend, with fabric and wallpaper introductions by Schumacher getting lots of attention in the blogosphere. What I especially love about these images from the Schumacher ad campaign is that works by both artists would fit right in with the look despite the fact that the artists are separated by about 100 years.
I guess exuberance is always in style.
Photo credits: Bentley snowflake images are in the public domain, some, including images of Bentley himself, are from Wikipedia, the Jericho Historical Society and the Snowflake Bentley website. Obata images from the Danzinger Gallery website, except for the detail which is from the Studio Visit. Room shots from the Schumacher Luxe Lodge Ad Campaign.