Author(s): Simon Devitt
Simon Devitt Photographer’s stunning new photo-book, Ripe Fruit, features the life and art of Mary McIntyre.
Ripe Fruit tells the story of a person at the peak of their powers.
We couldn’t, and most of us wouldn’t say we are at the pinnacle of our lives.
I have chosen people for you to meet that I’ve encountered along the way during my career as a photographer. Many of them artists across varying disciplines.
A resulting characteristic of the Ripe Fruit series of books is that we get to meet someone in a particular and unique way, through a series of photographs of them in their home or studio. I’ve captured them at a moment in time. Hence in a way, the viewer gets to meet this person.
Another resulting characteristic is that the person featured in Ripe Fruit is celebrated. Celebrated while they are alive. I really value and respect our wise elders. I didn’t have my Grandparents around long enough at an age I could really appreciate them. It has always felt important to me to value and make time for encounters with the very wise.
Along the way, I will introduce various people in each of the Ripe Fruit books. Some well known, others not so well known. Most living, some not. One will be anonymous. In the first Ripe Fruit volume, there will be 8 books. Artist Mary McIntyre will be the very first.