G2 Gallery Celebrates Photographer Ted Yeager and His Desert Plant Obsession

- By Lauren Lloyd/Special to LAist

Step inside Ted Yeager’s black and white world of cacti and succulents on display now at The G2 Gallery in Venice. Photographed at nurseries in Malibu and Fallbrook as well as in his Encino backyard between 2007 and 2010, his collection of thirteen 8” x 10” framed film prints offers stunning shots of these desert plants. His exhibit is part of Nature LA, the gallery’s ongoing fine art photography series.

Successfully fusing the arts and the environment, the gallery’s inspiring mission supports both by donating all proceeds from photographic art sales to various environmental groups. Situated on the trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard, the G2 has donated $421,335 since March 2008.

Traditional in his techniques, Yeager uses only film, possessing and printing all work in his converted garage without any digital aid or enhancements. These drought-tolerant plants initially fascinated him by their “sculptural, shapely, graceful qualities.” He grew more aware of California’s ongoing water crisis as a result of working with his water-retaining subjects.

While he is “happy to have the experience” regardless of sales, two pieces were sold during the exhibit’s opening reception on Jan. 7. Individually priced at $600, including the frame, Yeager’s work remains on display at gallery through Jan. 30.

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1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
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