Photos, 1860 & 1987, 1987. Photo by Dale Leslie
When May happened upon this image of Frederick Law Olmstead, the
famous landscape architect and designer of Central Park, he noticed
an uncanny resemblance to himself. Playing with his identity through
reenactment and photography, this work appeared on the cover of Volume
1, Issue 1 of Mumbo Jumbo, a short lived publication produced by
the Graphic Design department at San Jose State University.
Leslie was the photographer for this piece. Dale was a student
in one of the first art classes I taught at SJSU and has remained
a close friend and collaborator on a variety of projects over the
years. His own artistic leanings have been largely directed into
mycological studies where he has published many of his findings
in learned professional scientific journals — in Latin no less.