In this series of Sharon Core again the subject are classical still life paintings but this time as the name suggests ‘1606-1907‘ she has not focused on a specific artist or a time period, but explored three centuries of flower painting.
“It is intriguing for me to do this because the genre of flower painting is really dead now.”
Ken Hermann‘s series ‘Flower Men‘ – portraits of flower sellers in India created as dreamlike visions of everyday people.
“Flowers are a hugely important part of Indian culture, used in everything from temple rituals to festivals and parties. Two thousand sellers gather daily to peddle their blooms. The streets are lined with bowls and knots of flowers. Every colour, species and fragrance fused together, overwhelming the senses.
The flower sellers take pride in protecting and maintaining every stem. They wander through the market, carefully avoiding collision while draped in hundreds of flowers. Their silhouettes mutated into a shape shifting mass of foliage. Bringing a soft sensuality to these hardworking, stoic men.”
To mark the occasion of the opening the new Casa Loewe in Madrid in November, 2016, there were a lot of creative events inside and outside the house. One of them was connected with the impressive Constance Spry inspired flower shop and to celebrate it, the creative director of the brand, Jonathan Anderson, invited Ariel Dearie (a New York-based florist) to create a series of still life flower “portraits” for Loewe which were photographed by Steven Meisel. The entire collection of 13 images was part of the exhibition “LOEWE: Past Present Future” on display until 9 December 2016 at the Villanueva Pavillion, a former greenhouse at Madrid’s Real Jardín Botánico.
With commercial advertising around every corner, it is easy to view everything in a passive way. Inspired by the botanical illustrations of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Kenji Toma started a series of flowers showing their ‘unreal’ beauty as a revival of the concept of the botanical encyclopedia from the 19th century.
“I call my work “inland photographs and disordered landscapes” in reference to nature’s strange complexity that looks to me like human strange complexity. The uncontrolled forces, the shapes’ complexity, the interweaving and the synergy of the elements, they all look to me like a mirror of human spirit. We are no straight lines, we are like nature, a very large network of interferences that work together to produce something which sometimes looks accomplished and then gets destroyed in a perpetual coming and going between order and disorder.”
Isabelle Menin – Oh God dont let my heart turn cold
Dr. Dain L. Tasker’s ‘X-rays of flowers’ – most sublimely minimalist images of flowers.
Dain Tasker (1872 – 1964) was the chief radiologist at Wilshire Hospital in Los Angeles when radiology was in its beginning stages. He had been also an amateur photographer for years, but had not connected his hobby with his profession until he used an x-ray machine for what it is fundamentally intended to do: take photographs. And hence one of the most fascinating series of photographs emerged on the anatomy of flowers – fragile, ghost-like representations.