…and she was unforgettable…
I have an ongoing love affair with many-petaled flowers: daisies, dahlias, zinnias, roses. Like snowflakes, no two are alike, painted with colors that put an artist’s palette to shame. From tightly furled bud to partially open flower, to the breathtaking beauty of the full bloom in the height of perfection, to the drying petals as the blossom fades–I love it all. It was flowers that drew me to photography and they remain one of my strongest subjects.
This duo highlights two very different white zinnias, one dark, one light. Nature is full of contrasts and contradictions, a world where beauty and brutality walk hand in hand. While it can’t be improved upon, it’s fun to try.
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From the archives. I nearly deleted this shot until something whispered, “Take another look.” Sometimes, the possibilities aren’t immediately apparent and in this case, I’m happy I didn’t follow my first instinct! The editing process is a bit like alchemy–you begin with a photo, bits of this and that are added, subtracted, until you arrive at the finished image. This one reminds me of a hand-painted silk parasol, hence the name.
Just for fun, here’s the original photo, the genesis of the image.
In the book I’m currently reading (NOS4A2, Joe Hill) the author described the difference between an adult and a child as the difference between imagination and resignation. In accepting one, we lose the other. Artists need to retain a healthy imagination, so essential to creativity. Never stop wondering, “What if?”
Yesterday, Fall trembled on the cusp of the coming season…one bright leaf, a deep purple berry…what remains when lilacs are finished blooming and the promise of next Spring’s flowers. Shot these images in the last light of the waning afternoon and when I awoke this morning, I discovered that Jack Frost had paid us a visit, leaving behind colder temperatures and a dusting of the white stuff to remind us that Autumn has bid us a fond farewell…
View II: photos shuffled, oak leaf added.
I think I prefer this one!