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Chris Calohan
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« on: July 07, 2014, 06:09:25 PM »
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My sunflowers have grown, budded, bloomed and recently began the process of dying...and now they are gone

"Death Rides a Pale Horse"
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 11:25:12 PM »
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Chris,

I hope you have seen Paul Caponigro's book "Sunflower."
They make great subjects at every point in their lives, as you have shown.

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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2014, 03:04:44 AM »
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Looks like it's the end…
I'm curious but what's the shape in the background, just behind the the sunflowers?

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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2014, 03:06:58 AM »
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Look like it's the end…
I'm curious but what's the shape in the background, just behind the the sunflowers?

It's just a rectangular piece of black foam core board. Indeed, it is the end.
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2014, 06:53:07 AM »
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I would imagine there are still a few compelling photographs left in them - from what I see of this photo,  there are some great shapes and textures and draining colours.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2014, 07:01:02 AM »
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Also a great book on the subject is David Douglas Duncan's book "Sunflowers for VanGogh".

http://www.amazon.com/Sunflowers-For-Gogh-Douglas-Duncan/dp/0847807649

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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2014, 10:08:36 AM »
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Also a great book on the subject is David Douglas Duncan's book "Sunflowers for VanGogh".

http://www.amazon.com/Sunflowers-For-Gogh-Douglas-Duncan/dp/0847807649

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I have this book...I still have a whole new crop coming in so will start to play with life imitating art...
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2014, 09:06:12 AM »
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Hi Chris,

So often we ignore the 'end of the cycle' with flowers and plants, but this image shows that there is artisitc value right up to (almost) the end. I find the placement of the flower stems and heads into these distinct groups interesting and I particularly like the framing of the lone, small flower in the lower part of the frame - be it by design or accident it's a nice touch and works very well. Is the lighting a little harsh? I don't think so, though it does produce some quite sharply defined edges, at least in the image that's posted here. I wonder if a little softening might work and go hand in hand with the theme of the image? Just a thought.

A fine shot though and I wonder if you made any other images at the same time, especially focussing on the rear of the flower heads as they give you a nice viewpoint of the stem and the drooping petals?

Thanks for sharing this and sparking interest in the whole cycle!

Kind regards, N.
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2014, 10:22:10 AM »
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Hi Chris,

I do believe Irving Penn did a series on flowers on the various stages of decay. Worth a look.
This is his book on the subject.

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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2014, 10:24:36 AM »
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I did one lasting series I initially called "In Their Golden Years," but at the suggestion of a friend changed it to "Withering Heights." It is still, however the story of old age. I was recently contracted to do a portrait of a woman at a local nursing home and as I wended my way through the hallways, I noticed groups of old folks bunched in darkly lighted alcoves or jammed into a brightly lit window area...they all looked like these flowers: withering away slowly.

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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2014, 10:40:29 AM »
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Hi Chris,

Love the subtelty of the bleached shot - somehow so appropriate - and the tonality of the B&W as well; nice to see you've explored the range of options available and shared these with us.

Kind regards, N.
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