Please scroll through the Flowers gallery to read my thoughts on these photographs.
Photographs of flowers have long been the subject of photography starting perhaps with some of the very first photographs ever produced. They were made by a fascinating woman named Anna Atkins. She self published one of the first photographically illustrated books in 1843, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions.
I can’t remember the first time I photographed this subject, but I do remember my BFA thesis of split toned roses, birds of paradise, and orchids among other wonderful specimens. These photographs were heavily influenced by the great Robert Mapplethorpe flowers. At the time I dedicated the thesis to one of my earliest mentors the collector Sam Wagstaff.
Today I photograph them mostly when I see them in nature in my daily walks with my camera. Furthermore, I used to prefer the stark black background with the subject being the only feature in the image. Today, I have come to prefer the subject to work congruously with the entirety of the image. Most of all it pleases me greatly when a viewer’s mind wanders through each element of the photographs absorbing all the details and textures.
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