Piles of Petals Are Performative

Piles of flower petals are performative (and alliterative). I’ve fallen into the habit of keeping piles of natural objects, specifically bowls of flower petals in my work area. Gradually, they curl, and ultimately obtain the patina and wrinkles of flower-petal senescence. 

Flowers are Multitudes Inversion © Harold Davis

Flowers are Multitudes Inversion © Harold Davis

To make these images, I started with a conventional structure (like a flower bed with a row of stems) in a garden. After this version was complete, I entered the “Jackson Pollack” phase: spreading dried petals to some extent randomly, and taking advantage of serendipity.

The version below on white is what came out of the camera in the original set of exposures, and the version above on black is an LAB L-channel inversion of the original, white version.

Flowers are Multitudes © Harold Davis

Flowers are Multitudes © Harold Davis

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