By Jenna Mercadante
Welcome to Palm Springs.
The first image in Nancy Baron’s second monograph embodies everything one thinks of when imagining California — palm trees, desert landscapes with mountains that can be seen in the distance, all against a bright blue cloudless sky.
The book reveals an exciting perspective into a city so fantastical it’s hard to believe it really exists. Described perfectly by Alexa Dilworth in the foreword, “each photograph is infused with a spirit of dreaming”. Palm Springs is a place where the colors are vibrant, everything seems crisp and sunny and nature and architecture coexist together in a unique way.
The idea of home is prevalent with plastic lounge chairs by the backyard pool, the lawn sprinkled with garden gnomes and classic cars parked out front. Baron boasts California as the American Dream. Then she takes viewers inside these homes, where furniture and design elements stand out in color and structure.
I’m particularly drawn to a series of houses. They are white, one story; their brightly colored doors are in shades of green, orange, pink and blue. Behind them, almost like they are sitting right on the rooftops, are the mountains and palm trees synonymous with California, juxtaposed to create a collage-like feel.
You can see more works by the artist and purchase the book by clicking the link: www.nancybaron.com