Linda Morrow: Luminous Bloom
My fondness for flowers was influenced years ago when as a child I would sometimes see my father come into the house carrying a single orchid from his cymbidium collection or a spectacular bloom from his rose garden. He would surprise my mother with it and at once create a special moment quite apart from the dusty, rough-hewn business of the ranch. This was long before I knew the meaning of Zen, but I could see that a beautiful flower, appearing suddenly as a gift, could entirely change the energy in the room and prompt a smile from my mother. The subject of these photographs is not, however, the flowers themselves, but our perceptions of them as shaped by a play of light and movement. At a point early on in my floral studies, I began to experiment with multiple-exposure, adding other dimensions, moving away from the literal, and raising questions about reality. I work in the dark –shutter open- trusting that a sustained level of trial and error and repetition will produce in-camera images wherein the flower appears to multiply and become an abstraction. Rendered in B/W, Luminous Bloom is an expression of line, form, shape, and tonality. It is made up of a trilogy: POPPY, CALLA, and ANGEL TRUMPET.
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