A journal of simple pleasures, travel, food and minutiae.
As I watched the flowers that I had gathered from my garden metamorphose from promising buds to full blooms to wilted forms, I was entranced by their beauty at each stage. I was struck most of all by how gracefully they had withered in the vase. While flowers are undeniably spectacular in full bloom, I found them equally alluring in wilted form. It didn’t matter that the flowers were faded and past their prime — I saw they had not completely lost their appeal. The wrinkles and the distorted form had given the flowers a new sex appeal. I had an epiphany — a woman ages beautifully — just like a flower.
These pictures capture the stunning beauty of flowers as they mature. Different types of flowers were selected to show how each one has its own unique way of wilting. Some flowers changed colors to a lighter shade while others took on a deeper and more vivid color than they were in their youth. I chose to portray these flowers against a white / black background to draw the viewer to the beguiling charms of imperfect flowers. So, next time you see a faded flower, I hope you’ll notice its new-found glamour and not its lost glamour.