Simple Flowers, 2016 In this series of prints, I was influenced by the Robert Mapplethorpe’s Flowers, and the minimalism of mid-century modern art. My intent was to create simple, subtly humorous portraits, in natural light, that used basic, geometric structures, and style elements to complement the organic complexity of flowers. I worked to mix some of the elements of portraiture with archetypes of mid-century modern design. In natural light, I substituted paper shapes for structured lighting, and I used vases and arrangements that pick-up the gesture of the flowers. I shot these images using a 4x5 field camera. Working in large format with film, I believe, leads to a more contemplative approach to photography.
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