Whimsical and Wild


Deborah Triplett is an image taker and garden maker. She is the principal photographer at Deborah Triplett Photography, where she has been a working professional photographer for over 25 years. Her work has been shown at 1650 Gallery, Diane Hughes Gallery, Spirit Square Gallery and at The Light Factory. Deborah was the primary photographer for Skirt Magazine and a contributing photographer for NFocus, Charlotte Viewpoint and Charlotte Magazine. She is the founder of Yard Art Day, a city-wide event in Charlotte held every Labor Day where neighbors place art of their own creation in their front yards. She is a gardener and caretaker of Flowerhead Farm, a private garden of whimsy and delight. Deborah studied photography at Artography in Los Angeles and earns her on-going education in the school of life.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in photography, yard art, creating connection, and finding wisdom and joy in the imperfections of life.  


  • Deborah describes the photographs she takes and what is most important in her work.

  • She identifies what she looks for through the lens of her camera.

  • She reveals the one thing she wants other people to know about her.

  • She answers whether she thinks of her photography as art.

  • Deborah discusses what is beautiful to her and how her sense of beauty has changed.

  • She describes what someone would see in her garden and how it reflects who she is.

  • She talks about Yard Art Day and how it makes her feel.

  • She shares her love for ‘outsider artists.’

  • Deborah reflects on two of her own personal Yard Art Day projects.

  • She reflects on growing up in Elkin, North Carolina, and the love and dysfunction of her family.

  • She discusses repeating family patterns and what she learned in therapy.

  • She reveals who she loved as a child and the person she daydreamed of being.

  • Deborah recalls moving to New York City and her work as a stewardess.

  • She remembers being the ‘old lady’ to the drummer of Blood Sweat & Tears.

  • She tells the story of making the cover of Playgirl magazine.

  • She describes her first marriage and what she learned.

  • Deborah recalls how her second marriage led to her career in photography.

  • She shares why she returned to North Carolina and the moment that shifted her life.

  • She talks about being diagnosed with lung cancer and the choice she made.

  • She answers why it is important to her to talk about cancer.

  • Deborah reveals the most important thing in her life and what really matters.

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.