Say It With Flowers

October 13, 2010

So is there any way in 2010 for an art photographer to approach taking pictures of flowers, either “sincerely” or with some degree of irony?  Probably not.  But I’m doing it anyway because flowers make for cheap models and they don’t complain or want headshots.  And, also, really, because flowers are usually metaphorical as representational markers (i.e. Ophelia’s list in Hamlet about how flower X is for this or that feeling or idea) (or i.e. “your lips are red as roses”) but I’m interested in metonymy, in flowers as an actual stand-in instead of a marker for a particular something, if that makes any sense at all.  I’m generally not interested in metaphor, I’m interested in using what’s available to talk about what might not be within my literal or financial reach.

So here are some super garish and saccharine images of fake flowers.  I’m not sure where I’m going with these yet so comments are welcome.

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