As I’ve become older, and beardier, I’ve become more entranced by the potential of impressionist flower photography.
Maybe it’s because I’m starting to look like Monet.
A Visit to the Confetti Fields
Due the hot weather, almost every single bloom in the entire field had ‘gone over’ – they were dry, crinkled and looking rather sad.
The same might be said for some of the other photographers who had gone to snap the glorious blooms – some of them wanted lovely close up photos of the flowers in pristine condition, and none were to be had.
But to me it was a scintillating opportunity to make glorious swirls of colour, to make the flowers dance.
There were strict instructions not to pick any flowers, so I couldn’t swirl the blooms.
Nor could I swirl the dance floor – the field itself.
But I could swirl the viewer, my camera.
At first I was thinking of Monet
Initially, my photographs were, perhaps, more Monet-like – I used very small camera movements to create a slight dancing movement.
But then I tried a technique I started using last year in bluebell woods – the twist.
And then Degas became my inspiration
And as soon as I tried it in the Confetti Fields, I was reminded of ballet dancers.
More specifically, the ballet dancers of Degas.
He painted them again and again.
I haven’t always liked these paintings, but there is a certain whimsy about them that I find increasingly appealing.
So my camera danced.
Let me know what you think of my impressionist flower photography.
And let me know whether you’d like me to write a more technical piece about how I make these images.
I’m going to be making test prints of all of these photographs, and more.
If you’re interested in a print for home or workplace, or you’d just like to tell me what you think, do drop me a line on my contact page.