Magnolia 1 (taken on April 06, 2015, at 08.11 pm)
I believe it was a Magnolia Liliiflora, it about 11.5ft / 3,5m, and profusely blossoming. My parents used to have this tree in front of their house. At one point it was decided that the tree had to go because of a gas pipe that was below his roots, and I was asked to do it. I always thought of this tree as precious, once a year, if I would visit at the right time it was a marvelous festival of blooming. So I decided to work with it.
I waited until the tree was in full bloom. Right at that high moment, I cut all branches. Immediately everything was transported to my studio and I started to arrange the blossoms and branches that you see in the image.
The first image was taken on April 06, 2015, at 08.11 pm, the second on April 11, 2015, at 02.00 pm.
My studio then looked like this:
Always something new to discover.
When I do such a composition I don’t pick the most beautiful petals or arrange them in a symbolic order. My aim is to create an even distribution of everything with no order, no part of the image has a lot of attention, no part lacks attention. This has nothing to do with chaos, sometimes I make hundreds of images until the even distribution appears and I am satisfied with the composition. There is no blossom that is more beautiful than another, there is a sense of equality, they are not fighting for the attention of the eye. So many things happen at the same time, a specific event is not important.
Because there is so much happening at the same time, there is always something new to discover.
How to navigate an image.
Important for me in this way of composing is: there should be too much to remember. If it is not possible to remember the composition, it is a success. Because of that, I can always look again and again at it.
Since the composition has no visible structure, it is difficult to simplify the image. Questions like: “What is in the foreground?” “What is the background?”, “What is important?” or “What should I look at exactly?” can not be answered. Instead, everything is important, at the same time.
Simplification is important to orient oneself, for example when one goes down a street, we will not look for the bricks in the walls, or count the windows or cobblestones, one will simplify to blocks, house numbers, crossings to navigate.
Looking at one of the Magnolia images it will be difficult to navigate, everything seems similar, yet everything is different. None of what one sees fits into a separate drawer, so one constantly sees everything new and it can not be saved, only looked at again and again.
Before and after.
We see all the details very clearly, yet it is difficult to navigate the image. Looking at both Magnolia images at the same time we can use one as a map to the other. It is still impossible to describe the composition’s structure, but with both images in front, we can see a before and after.
I recommend hanging the prints next to each other upright rather than landscape, I enjoyed them very much like this. The images have no specific orientation and there is no wrong way to place them, it has to be interesting and enriching for you to look at.
- 2 prints, each: 39.3″ x 27.6″ (DIN B1 100 x 70 cm)
- Printed on matt, heavy paper
- Shipped in a strong protective poster tube
- Worldwide shipping included
Magnolia 2 (taken on April 11, 2015, at 02.00 pm)