Like most people, I am drawn to beauty in many forms. Flowers are beautiful, and for me the Calla lily is one of the most beautiful flowers. It is so regal, so elegant; it’s not a surprise that they are so often used as a motif and made the visual centerpiece at formal weddings. I had long wanted to take photographs of elegant calla lily but I kept putting it off because I was afraid I would not be able to portray them as well as I felt they deserve to be portrayed. How can one adequately capture the regal elegance of ?
As it often the case with my own creative process, finally, one day, it came to me all of a sudden — I had a thought about how I would go about photographing calla lilies. I ran across the street to my favorite flower shop and spent a couple of hours picking out the perfect dozen — way more time than I imagined I would spend selecting flowers, but again — something takes over when you are in the process of creating something. It’s not something you are completely conscious of — it’s just a feeling you go with.
I hurried back to the studio where I spent the rest of the day and long into the night arranging and rearranging the calla lilies, adding color, subtracting color, using different kinds of light and backgrounds and having a wonderful time.
The thing about creating images is that once you start, and you have that first one stored safely away on the computer, more images just keep coming. The hardest thing is the “getting started” — finding the original inspiration or whatever it is that sets you in motion. Once you’ve started, each photo builds on the previous one, providing you with fresh ideas for the next, and before you know it you have a whole collection. Then once you start to add your own personal stylized vision in the post-production, another whole new dimension opens to you.
The results of my long day and night photographing calla lilies are what you see here. If you enjoy looking at the photographs as much as I did making them I will consider this collection a huge success.