Hellebore Curves

Hellebore Curves

Hellebore Curves, photo by Harold Davis. View this image larger.

Flowers are beautiful—although why they seem so beautiful to us humans is an interesting question. But when I photograph flowers close-up, like this tiny Hellebore, I am not looking to document that beauty. Instead, I am trying to create an interesting abstract composition that uses shapes, lines and (yes) curves to evoke the ideal flower while maintaining a sense of mystery and novelty.

100mm macro, 1.6 seconds and f/22 at ISO 100, tripod mounted, photographed in the calm natural light of morning with the Hellebore part of a medley in a shallow pan of water.

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One Comment

  1. JTasoff February 19, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    I am very appreciative of your abstract flowers, especially with my understanding that you admire Escher.

    My subjective view of your photographs is that they often have a pleasing conflict of elements, many times through the use of counterclockwise curves. I have wondered whether you are left handed?

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