I developed this fabric print from a series of stills taken at Fairchild Botanical Garden. The ethereal tropical camouflage print inspired me to reinterpret the Garden of Eden narrative from a tropical jungle point of view. Photographed by Loren Blandon @l_bee
After giving some thought to Judeo-Christian creation story of Adam and Eve I wondered if God actually did want them to eat the apple. Every parent will tell you, including my own, that the quickest way to get a child to do something is to tell them not to do it. Imagine a vast garden with every fruit and flower imaginable- how else would they notice this humble looking apple tree? Perhaps the serpent then was Eve's own imagination. It's my belief that waywardness or as Alan Watts refers to it "rascality" is an intrinsic part of our human survival psyche. All of mankind's advancement has been built upon this explorative spirit of rebellion. Perhaps then, God was the guiding energy behind this thirst- by forbidding Adam and Eve, God placed a desire within them to taste the forbidden fruit of knowledge.