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Monthly Archives: October 2013
I titled this photo " A Portrait of a Dahlia: Dancing in Black and White" to address the two significant themes I saw. First, I love taking portraits of flowers and look for them wherever I go. You have to catch it at just the right moment as flowers bloom and fade in quick succession. Second, both the gentle fading light and the soft turns of the petals reminded me of a elegant ballroom dance much like one would see if they watched a dance between Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers. This particular Dahlia was located outside of the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. I was originally in the city for a photo walk. I enjoy taking part in them as it allows me to meet and get to know a variety of interesting people who share my love of all manner of photography. During lunch after the photo walk I spoke to a fellow photographer and she mentioned the Dahlias and told me roughly where they were.
I love how in the world of flowers, beauty and imperfection can co-exist in such a comfortable manner. Actually, I guess it's that way in all of life. Without 'imperfection', can one really know beauty? And what is beauty anyways? The eye of the beholder holds the answer.
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