In this exercise we are asked to photograph subjects against a plain, white background to remove the sense of place. Not being in the habit of shooting portraits of either people or flowers I found this to be a bit of a challenge – not in terms of the set up and technicalities of obtaining the images, but in creating something that might have some interest beyond being a straight presentation of a plant and a person.
In part the inspiration finally came from research, specifically reading about Todd Hido and his view that as an artist he has always felt his task “is not to create meaning but to charge the air so that meaning can occur”.
I have chosen the present two of the images from this exercise as a diptych.
Because I know the person well I have a very specific understanding of what this is conveying – I’d be really interested to know of other’s interpretations.