Thursday, 1 May 2008

Flower portraits


My Sofa Portraits are about the physical and psychological absorption of Isabel's childhood, the landscapes are concerned with her relationship with the natural world, and in particular the English landscape which she inhabits, but I'm not quite sure where these flower portraits fit in - I love them because they have a beauty about them that ties in with the sensory overload - with a domestic overtone.

6 comments:

Paul Pincus said...

I like the first two very much.

Cheers.

Timothy Archibald said...

yah, for sure. the first one is stellar and the second one is just as good.

colin pantall said...

Thanks Paul and Tim - the first is beautiful and has a feral quality I think, but I also like the springed physical element in the second pair. It's a variation on the landscapes - we'll see where it goes.

simon anstey said...

Hi - for me it has to be the last shot. Georgia o'Keefe turned the flower into an object of desire and with Steichen as the fulcrum Weston and Immogen Cunnigham took it into the photographic world.
She looks like she is kissing a boy for the first time, at moment of intimate revelation.

So, that would be off with my head then....again:)

colin pantall said...

Thanks Simon - that's the springed quality to it - the legs and the feet and the total sensory immersion in the flower, which represents all kinds of things - fertility, sensuality, nature, food, the feminine...

I think of her immersing herself in the scent here - and her expression and pose representing something absolute that still survives in our inner cores.

Gunnar Mjaugedal said...

Nice shots, agree with Simon.