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Kasahara's Garden, Kauai
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© Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee
Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee
American, Kauai, 1991
Chromogenic print
18 1/2 x 26 1/4 in.
98.XM.200.5

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In Kasahara's garden in Waimea on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, improbable brown, paper bag jackets protect mangos and navel oranges from insects. In the foreground, a lone bird of paradise insinuates its vibrant presence amidst a sea of lush foliage, while on the right a barely noticeable man tends the fragile harvest of another tree. The photographers Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee neither condemn nor praise the manipulation of the landscape; they simply see the interaction between humankind and nature as a necessity of life.