Fifteen Preludes to Lyonia
Photography: 2009 - 2011
This body of work was created at the Lyonia Preserve in Deltona, Florida. It is a prelude to another portfolio Lyonia: A Florida Upland.
The Lyonia Preserve located in Deltona, Florida is a 360-acre joint project of Volusia County's Land Acquisition and Management Division and the Volusia County School Board to restore and maintain a scrub habitat. Since 1994, restoration efforts have been made to remove overgrown sand pines and open up the understory, creating bare sand areas with low-growing vegetation preferred by scrub species.
Fifteen Preludes to Lyonia was created at the Lyonia Preserve during the same time period as the next portfolio represented in this book, Lyonia: A Florida Upland. Although both portfolios were shot at the same time and within the same landscape they each represent a different sense of what this habitat offers. On the one hand it can be romantic and abstract, while on the other hand it can be straightforward, harsh, and a bit daunting. Fifteen Preludes to Lyonia represents the romantic, lyrical, and abstract quality of this landscape.
Lee describes her work in Lyonia:
The austere landscape at Lyonia was almost a Zen-like experience, with it's pure white sand and sparse vegetation. At first I thought there was not a lot to photograph, because as a whole, it looked more forbidding than enticing. But the more I returned to it, the more I saw. I worked with the changing light, weather, and seasons and found beautiful details in small things when I looked closely.
- Arts on Douglas Gallery, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
- 15.5 x 15.5 inches