Frozen beauties

Saturday, 1 December 2012

I used to take pictures of fading flowers, especially lilies and bougainvillaea which I found extremely beautiful even in dying state. I am found of  the drama and melancholia effect. A reflection on the impermanence and fragility of things.  

New York photographer Jon Shireman likes to play with ‘frozen beauties’ too.  For his Broken Flowers series, Shireman dipped the flowers in a liquid nitrogen bath for 30 minutes and smashed them into a hard surface while recording the destruction with a high speed camera.  

More of his "fading" work: 

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