Peony No.7

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.), so I decided to try recreating them 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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