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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 .

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