This is a hydrangea from my garden. The photography was heavily manipulated in Photoshop with a brown, pink and purple gradients for unworldly and hyper-real colors. I added glass beads in gel painted over an ink jet photograph. Acrylic paint was overlaid an initial painting on watercolor paper.
I’ve never taken photography literally since my days in the darkroom in university. I don’t have an interest in that ‘perfect print’. It’s fall, and the flowers were beginning to fade and rot. I was stuck by the beauty of their decay. This was an visual experiment in capturing muted, imperfect, transient beauty.