Flora Aquatilis

These images are inspired by floral still life painting. The French term for still life is ‘nature morte’ (dead nature) which has a rather sad inference, yet my bouquets are indeed dying. The flowers had been made into elaborate arrangements, carefully placed to provide a splash of color at an event and then returned to the florist who created them. I rescued them for a last hurrah, suspended in a pool and bathed in summer sunlight. While being photographed they are never still; they respond to my movements underwater and struggle to disengage from their tight arrangements to float away. Caught in an ambiguous space of water and light, their beauty is captured in a final moment of life.