Artist Dario Robleto thought about the photo for a long time.
In it, a World War I soldier lies in a muddy trench, his back to the dirt wall. He gazes directly into the camera, exhausted. Look a little closer, and you see his arm around a live tomato plant growing in the trench mud. Behind him, in the dirt, lie the bodies of unburied soldiers.
The soldier knows that he is nurturing a tomato plant on top of fallen men. He is protecting a bit of green life on a battlefield.
“It’s moments like that I’m drawn to as an artist, as a human,” Dario said, during a free talk at The Mint Museum in Charlotte on Tuesday.