These images are Tomasko’s stories, told as a visual artist. The energizing chill of evaporating water on magnolia petals. Pointillist clouds in the background bringing out the finery of crab apple blooms and their archway of twigs. Punctuations of stamens, cherry blossoms an impossible pink, magnolia blooms melting with the sun. Tomasko’s images, swirling and dancing to the eyes are the “delirious excitement” of the book’s title.
To anyone who craves flowering trees and all of their overwhelming beauty, this book will feed you.
Delira and Excira: Visions of the Flowers of Spring
photography by Stephen Tomasko
poems by Hannah Stephenson
$72.00 (hardcover edition)
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Stephen Tomasko’s stunning images of blossoms—cherry, apple, magnolia, lilac, and more—are a visual display of the spectacular season of spring. Tomasko packs his frames from edge to edge with natural abundance, skillfully recreating the sweet fragrance in the air, the fresh spring light, the delicate touch of petal and pollen, and the emotionally intense experiences with landscape. Time spent with these extraordinary photographs brings forth a feeling of delira and excira, of being delighted and excited at what nature has provided and what can be created through art. These images are truly a vision of spring.
PHOTOGRAPHY / Individual Photographers / Artists' Books
ISBN: 978-0-9885897-8-0 (hardcover)
102 pages; 75 photographs
Stephen Tomasko was born in 1966 in Parma, Ohio. Since the beginning of his career in the mid-1980s, he has made uncompromising photographs of America, creating bodies of work with subjects as diverse as its gritty steel and automotive industries, the unexpected life and jubilant celebrations occurring on its city streets, the dynamic strangeness of its county fairs, and the over-the-top glory of its flowering gardens. Tying the work together is a vision of carefully seen straight photography, presented full-frame with minimal processing.
Tomasko’s work is held in collections nationally and internationally, and has been the subject of gallery exhibitions for over twenty-five years. His images have been shown in venues ranging from Los Angeles, California, to Adelaide, Australia, to Paris, France. In 2013, Tomasko was awarded an Individual Excellence Award with an accompanying grant from the Ohio Arts Council.
Stephen Tomasko graduated from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in 1988 with a B.A. in Art History, and received an M.F.A. from the University of Delaware in 1991. Today he makes art full time in Akron, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
"Five 2014 Books for Gardeners," Columbus Dispatch, by Diana Lockwood (12-21-2014)
"Plant Lovers' Almanac: Weather, quality of light make this the golden season," Akron Beacon Journal, by Jim Chatfield, (10-3-2014)
Delira and Excira: Visions of the Flowers of Spring, blog post by Hannah Stephenson (9-12-2014)
"Stephen Tomasko: Delira and Excira," Lenscratch, Aline Smithson (9-3-2014)
"Bath Photographer’s Career Is in Full Bloom," The Bath Country Journal, by Wendy Turrell (September 2014)
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