It is Friday and to follow on from the theme of the last couple of days, I thought I would drag out some negatives of some tulips I photographed back in 2002. Some of these I used for an exhibition back then.
I loved taking photos of flowers in black and white. While I still think they look good in black and white, I wouldn’t only do that now. I think photographing them and then changing them can be better, you have more choices.
I don’t know if you have ever looked at Robert Mapplethorpe’s photos of flowers. He also did a lot of photos of naked people, quite strange to find an artist that photographs both naked people and flowers, almost doesn’t match. I think his photography is just beautiful and if my images can get mine looking as good, then I would be really happy.
This was on the same roll of film. These tulips are definitely not gone over, or almost over like the previous ones. They are still standing tall. I quite like the composition of this one and the short depth of field. I like that the two at the back are supporting the one in front, but they aren’t in focus.
Just as an aside, my work went into the exhibition today and the opening is on tonight. The exhibition is in Fitzroy in Melbourne at Brunswick Street Gallery, so if you are around the show is on for 2 weeks, see if you can get in to take a look.