In The Beginning | The Story of Living Lightning & Dragons Breath
When I released my first limited edition print in early 2013, I titled it Living Lightning. A beautiful image of a Japanese Maple Tree at the peak of fall color photographed in 2009. This print quickly became my top selling piece. By October of that year, 75 prints out of the edition of 200 had been sold.
I have photographed this beautiful maple tree, during its peak transformation in autumn, every year since 2007. In 2013, on a very special morning inside the garden, a thick fog had descended over the city. I waited patiently for the garden to open at 8am and moved directly to the tree, photographing it for most of the morning. Just as the sun began to break through the clouds and burn off the beautiful fog, I captured the image I would later title Dragon's Breath.
Extremely excited by the image I had captured, I released the piece for sale the following day. I sold the first print of the edition of 200 that evening. This piece quickly escalated to become my top seller, while Living Lightning also remained strong. Eventually, Living Lightning sold the final print and was retired.
Between 2015 and 2017, Dragon's Breath remained my top selling piece. As I released more of my work and my notoriety around the world began to grow, other pieces also became successes, slowing the overall sales of Dragon's Breath slightly. When the 180th print was sold, the price of the piece began to increase as well. What began in a range of $500 - $2250, when the final piece sold last night, the range had increased to $4000 - $12,500. Dragon's Breath has now been sold out and retired, joining Living Lightning in the history of my work.
When I first release an image, I typically leave one or two numbers out as gallery holds to be either used for myself in my own personal collection or sold after the piece has completely sold out. I have one of these remaining as well as a framed 45" print in my personal collection. If you are interested in acquiring one for yourself, please reach out to me to discuss the opportunity.
I am forever grateful to the wide range of collectors around the world who have helped to make many of my dreams a reality through my photography. If you would like to learn more about my work you can see the rest of my online galleries, view my top selling prints of 2019 or browse through the rest of my images of this beautiful tree I have captured over the years.