When good pictures come to us, we hope they tell a truth we can relate to. Truths about love, beauty, and death. What The Wildflowers Tell Us is a photographic series that conjures up intimate memories of my life during the past twenty years. Photography is an endless source of memory. These exhibition images open doors to the past and into the future. We catch a glimpse of the beauty and the dark side of things; the forest, the wilted peony, and the ashes. Beauty somehow tinges itself with sadness. Why do we need to hold what we love close to our bones when we know it's time to let go? The ever-changing landscape of my life has eased those lessons of fleetingness. The series confines itself within the messy aspect of time, in this intersection of past and future, time and place.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Photography of interiors; Photography, Artistic--Technique; Photography, Artistic--Themes, motives; Memory in art; Photography--Printing processes--Silver

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Student Type


Degree Name

Photography and Related Media (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CAD)


Ahndraya Parlato

Advisor/Committee Member

Carole Woodlock


RIT – Main Campus

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