NIGHTBLOOMS are a series of digital art works in which I re-imagine, re-assemble and re-image the natural world, into a new visual world order. These images are concerned much more with form, shape, allegory, visual and anthropomorphic relationships, composition and the emotional range of color than they are with flowers in a botanical sense, although without flowers none of them ever would have been made. They have a distant artistic antecedent in the works of Jan Brueghel the elder, who loved to paint flowers against a black background. They are more akin to paintings than to photographs. In these works I use a scanner as a camera, shooting each “picture“ from below. This photographic process is know as “scanography”. Flowers are placed on top of the scanner with the scanner lid left open. I do a large number of scans until I have all of the picture elements I need for an image, depending on what the image, emotion and notion require to bring the picture to life. I then compose the images using Adobe Photoshop.
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