Those digital still life of plants was similar to the very first photo you will see inside this book, with shallow depth of field in order to have the end of the plant in focus and everything else gradually out of focus. I used this technical characteristic as representation of creation, that comes from nothing but pure energy to become matter or body.
After a while, instead of photograph plants in parks I bought plants and flowers from flower shops near home, so I could photograph them with modelling light at home. This was also a time when I was transiting from digital to analogue photography, often work on experiments as well as exploring the technical possibilities of artificial light and light modifiers.
To hold the plants and flowers still in the vertical I used bottles. At the beginning my intention was to have only plants in my photographs, focusing on theirs shapes and textures as representation of individual expression and personality. The bottles inspired me later on to try something new, by including them in the photographs as representation of a person body, while plants coming out of it as the body or the person feeling expression.
My still photographs developed afterwards including food and others objects as personal material possession or desires. And then masks, to represent what we first see and judge from people as well what people hides from others and from themselves.
It is interesting to notice that the interpretation you may get from the images and the symbolic elements in it are completely free. Some people will have a more romantic look at it, perceiving melted wax as tears for example, flowers as just beautiful innocent feeling expression, fruits as wealth and so on. Some other people will see such elements with other eyes, looking at melted wax on bottle as orgasm, in some images associating flowers to vulva, bottle to phallus and relating fruits to pleasure and sin, specially apples. Food symbolizing wealth may be seen as positive individual aspect or as corruption of individual in society.
Whatever interpretation you may give to such elements or perceive from them, I consider them all valid and fascinating. I actually like its ambiguity and I consider all interpretation right, free and beautiful so far, even the sexualized ones.
The book follow the chronological development of my still photographs made in a period of 6 Years and divided in 5 parts in the book.
You can obtain the book in my Lulu.com store. It has a release discount of 20% for the months of February and March 2017.