S P R I N G
Curated by the artist, 7 flowers act as the muse for the wall of 14 flower portraits selected for this exhibition. It is an exercise of one flower being unrecognizable to itself, merely by the subtle movement of the camera, in ten seconds, the change of light, or the removal of a pedal. I use both natural and studio light, with several hours or days dedicated to one flower. I begin by photographing the flower in its natural shape.
Then I improvise, collaborating with the flower in its most beautiful last moments of life. Sometimes I allow Time to change the flower, when pedals become limp, and the oily metallic luster appears as the life drains from its skin. Or I may immediately deconstruct one pedal at a time, while I expose an unseen view of the inside. This may entail one pedal removed that reaches a conclusion. Or occasionally the anatomy of the flower is dissected to its last filament; the pedals glowing for the camera.
Paul Solberg, New York City, 4 April 2017
My Black and White photographs were chosen because of the subject matter, and how it relates to the "Agenda of Photography"
Years ago, probably in the 1970's to the 1990's "the Agenda of Photography" was so totally different than today, and these photos that I am showing are about the size, 16x20, and about the matter of multiples, and the story of food, and how we all need it, whether we eat it, or look at it, and this is the agenda of these photos, I am showing.
Christopher Makos, New York City - March 30, 2017