Never the easy pretty
Beauty is easy to find in fresh flowers and plants…
...but it’s a beauty without layers or history.
It’s the easy kind of pretty…
...not the kind of pretty that has any depth.
I’ve always been drawn to beauty with a bit more character, like this oak leaf covered in wasp galls.
This kind of loveliness makes for images that are not decorative.
These pictures ask to be looked at rather than dismissed as simply a representation of an oak leaf or a dandelion or a hydrangea flower.
I suppose my interest has to do with wanting to capture a specific flower or plant, instead of photographing the most generic form of a species. It’s again my obsession with the difference between portraiture and its bland cousin, figurative art.
Around this time of year, the hydrangea flowers in Brittany are especially beautiful and individual.
Their fading state of near-decay makes for surprising spots of color here and there.
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