I decided I would have a simple home/ studio contained project I could work on – while preparing larger more difficult projects. Also the aim of working on these still lives/ flower projects is to allow me to practice some light set-ups, but also keep me clicking. My aim is to have at least one of these per week over the next year – thats almost like a New Years resolution – almost.
This is also inspired by Mapplethorpe’s flowers series. I have some idea of how these could work, but also I want to experiment, and that ‘not knowing’, is important to me at the moment – I don’t totally know why. I have a couple of potential light sources available to me – constant cheap Chinese lamps, my fathers Elinchrom strobes, and then a speed light – so the opportunity to experiment with all of these should be interesting. My feeling is that it will be easier to experiment on an inanimate object.
As well as Mapplethorpe’s flowers, I am also influences by the dutch master paintings of the 17th century. This is where I am starting at present. I don’t know where it will end up.