The problem of the flowers

 


John Louis von Newmann said, “if people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is” — Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist)



The pictures

In 2011 my husband was dying and I was at work at my little tech desk job down by the Lachine canal and I just could not do it anymore. It was late in the fall, raining, and I couldn’t think of where to go, so I wandered over to Parc des Corroyeurs. Stayed until dark, taking pictures of flowers in bloom and flowers in seed.

Flower algorithm revolution

Compared to portraits, landscapes and nudes, pictures of flowers are a minor genre in fine art photography and art in general. Flowers, like older notion of photography, are often seen as memento mori, still life, once alive and now dead. Funny how these ideas are almost like self reproducing algorithms. With a lot of work & effort these kinds of simple equivalences can be overturned — especially in photographic work on power & poetics (& I’d like to add, technology, pattern & fecundity). Certainly that’s what I did with these photographs, long after they were taken.

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