I’m pulling 42 of the boldest images from five years of tromping at Chanticleer for the show at the Wayne Art Center that opens Feb 13. Not an easy task and one that demands a clear, caffeinated set of eyes. I want this edit to not only speak to the great richness of the gardens but also to transcend standard photographic (and often static) approaches without yielding to gimmickry and technique. Can I peel off my own inner lens and respond more directly and perhaps emotionally to an image? Can I favor a photograph that was quick or accidental over another that took hours of planning? Some of the best are ones where I didn’t get exactly what I wanted — I got something better. But it was only revealed with a little time, a little distance and a little coffee.