Here’s another print that chronicles my ongoing obsession with dead roses! I never get tired of them, even if others may get tired of looking at my photographs of them. I talked more about the symbolism behind them in a another post, but I also like the physical qualities: the texture and color and their fragile nature. They seem perfectly preserved and permanent, but they can crumble at the slightest touch.
My studio/office is just a converted spare bedroom. If I did portrait photography, it would be barely big enough to take a single person’s head-shot. But it works fine for still life photography. I have a main light mounted from the ceiling on a movable arm, so that helps maximize floor space, and additional lights are on stands. I can play with lighting for a long time before I get the results I’m after. Sometimes I go in with an idea of exactly what I’m trying to get, but other times, I experiment until something looks right to me. This was a result of experimentation.
This image, like my Hindu Temple print, is a hybrid of digital and analog photography. I shot the original image with my Nikon DSLR, edited it, then output it onto Fuji Instax film. I like the analog look of instant film. It adds some abstraction and grain. Photographic purists might lament that detail is lost. For example, the top right of the rose has lost its texture due to the combination of lighting and the instant film’s limitations. But that’s the kind of thing I like about it.
On the other hand, I didn’t like losing detail in the edges of the pedals. So I scanned the instant film and combined the original digital image with the analog version, giving me detail in some areas, and abstraction in others. I like the result of this method, and I like the process. It’s a method I find myself turning to more and more,
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