When you're a creative person, there's always an idea of some kind in the back of your mind. When you run a business though, clients come first, paying work takes preference, and often long periods go by without you being able to execute those creative ideas. So they brew, like filter coffee. The longer you ponder them, the stronger they become. Sometimes, you need a kick up the backside to get the creative process started. When I was given the opportunity to start selling fine art works, I realised that, even though my current works were nice, they were hardly a collection, and work needed to be done. I'd been pondering the idea of photographing a range of fine art flowers, and I put the process in motion. Winter isn't exactly the best time for flowers, but I set off to the market and came back with quite a selection. Wispy flowers would have to wait their turn, I chose flowers that were bold, with clean lines.
You may ask what distinguishes a normal photo of a flower from a fine art photo. For me, it's all in the lighting. It's true that you have to consider composition, choice of background etc, but good lighting can make or break a photograph.
I believe this is a good illustration of that point. The first two photos have a white background to illustrate the effect of the flash. The last image is one of the final images that will be for sale. I specifically lit it to create drama, I wanted to steer away from flat, even lighting and tried to emphasise the texture of the flower bud and the richness of the colours.
These are some of the final photographs that are on sale:
The final images are available as either fine art prints, or canvas prints. They can be viewed at the Fine Art gallery on this site, link here: http://www.heatwavestudios.co.za/p208658059#h22c74839 Prices are as follows:
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