My book Flower came about through an editing process, looking back at negatives from the last six to seven years. I realised that, quite simply, I am naturally drawn to photographing flowers, but I am also extremely fond of floral print on clothing. My photographs that feature or involve flowers (real or interpreted) are usually photographs that I really enjoy.
I can remember one of the first pictures I was proud of was of a poppy I took in my Mum’s back garden. In our everyday lives we are compelled to surround ourselves with flowers: on the streets we walk, lining our highways, in our homes, in our cars… The replication of flowers in fashion has also been a staple go-to design. I enjoy this relationship we as humans have with these mute and inanimate organisms. They represent a whole compendium of emotions and semiotics; life, death, love, envy, friendship, patriotism…
Flowers have been the still life subject for countless artists and photographers for centuries. Some briefly referring to them, and others making a whole career from painting them. More often than not, the way in which artists have interpreted flowers have been the defining epitomisation of their approach to their artwork. So, I guess in a way. the book Flower is my two pennies’ worth to the immense catalogue of flower-related artworks, and a personal note in considering my own approach to photography. And of course, importantly, it’s also a bit of fun.
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