Earlier this year, my wife’s Aunt, Cindy Crouse-Martin, passed away. She was a truly special soul whom I related to in several ways – one being the support of the arts, and her support of my work.
She spent a large portion of her life battling Multiple Sclerosis, yet still led a productive and overtly interesting life. She was not afraid to speak her mind, and was one of the most mentally strong people I knew. One of the places she worked at was Dorothea Dix in Raleigh. Each year, people travel to the former mental hospital now turned park to view the blooming of the sunflower field. I was not aware that this particular field existed, but was made aware of them by her son, Zack. I had to see them for myself, so went to view the field of flowers with the goal in mind to capture them.
Cindy loved plants, especially flowers. I made a decent capture of the field even though my timing was not exactly precise with the blooms. I don’t feel the trip was made in vain as I feel she would have loved this image taken at a place she used to work, a place where she took me once to show me around on one of my visits with her, and of a floral subject she always held dear. I decided to dedicate this image to Aunt Cindy, and I hope you enjoy it as well.