Our farmer’s market has been bursting with sunflowers lately, so I’ve been working a lot with them. However, the sunflower is such a iconic flower, that it is a challenge to create a photograph that is not simply a cliche. My goal has been to capture an aspect of their personality that is usually overlooked.
This photograph was the result of a series of experiments exploring the petals of the flower, and specifically the way their edges curl and interact. At first, my experiments weren’t yielding any good results. But then at the center of one image, I was drawn in by the fluid shape one specific petal. I drastically cropped into the photograph (something you are never supposed to do), and I found the image I was looking for. You can see from the image below how I isolated this petal from the rest of the photograph.