Flowers for me embody perfection - a realization of the completeness of nature . They bloom seemingly without effort and every stage of this evolution is an expression of their complete and perfect beauty .There is a difference between what I am aiming to create and botanical photographs . I want to capture the personality of the individual bloom - a moment of life and connection - a meeting .My approach to capturing this expression is similar to portrait photography . Each flower has her own distinctive character and temperament and is in constant dynamic motion . I observe and continuously shoot the flowers from bud to blossom over the course of several days . They open to the warmth and close to shy away from cold turning and stretching always toward the light until they eventually give up their petals . Sometimes this moment of ultimate expression comes sooner and sometimes later - unless I observe the whole process I never know when .

 MARK VASSALLO

MARK VASSALLO