Flowers have always fascinated me. They short lived,faced harsh weather and are often overlooked. They are enticing, decoying and for seductive - at least for bees ;-) and photographers.
Georgia O’Keeffe revolutionized the art of flower painting through her up close and personal portrayals of flowers. Today many photographers- me included - take from her example and produce macro floral photographs.
The O’Keeffe influence in macro floral photography and in the more traditional studio arts such as painting and drawing is everywhere.
Georgia O'Keeffe once said about her art: "When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not."
When her close up and personal floral paintings first appeared they created a bit of an uproar as people saw female body parts in the paintings.
While it is true that the center of the flowers contain the reproductive parts of the plant and flower, can we really say that O’Keeffe was trying to convey some sexual message or was she just portraying flowers in a new and different manner? I followed the second path and search for new ways to portray flowers, "In Search of Georgia O' Keeffe"