Peonies No.6

Merrill Shea
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I've always admired the almost photographic realism of the still life paintings by the masters of the Dutch School (Rembrandt, etc.), also their ability to capture subtle transitions from light to shadow. so I decided to try recreating that look by using only natural light against a dark background. Georgia O,Keeffe perfectly described why I love doing flower photography: “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.” She also said, “I decided that if I could paint that flower in a big scale, you could not ignore its beauty.” There’s so much that people miss by not looking really closely at flowers, which is another reason why I like making large prints from flower close-ups.

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