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Flowers Hardcover – May, 1990
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Of all the hundreds of photography books I've acquired since the 1970s this remains one of my favorites. It's 120 pages, first published in 1990. The design of the book is simple but effective. There is one photograph per page and on the opposite page to the left is a quotation of poetry. The poets include Keats, Shelley, Shakespeare, Spenser, Tennyson, Wordsworth, Longfellow. There are 56 total photographs, all created with color film.
For most of his career Mr. Hamilton has been a proponent of pictorialism. Many art critics disparage this aesthetic, especially in photography. Without apologies photographer David Hamilton has embraced a soft focus technique to image rendering. This book is testimony to his conviction that photographs should be more aligned to branches of painting as opposed to the sharp focus approach of the f64 movement in photography begun in the late 1920s which more or less sounded the death knell for the pictorialist photographers. Pictorialism had previously been popular and accepted.
There are no hard-edged detailed representations of floral compositions in this book. There are wonderful images of muted colors of flowers that now have long faded, decayed, and disappeared from our world. Mr. Hamilton uses an uncomplicated technique of lighting his subjects with only natural light. The flowers are posed against neutral backgrounds that never upstage or distract from their natural beauty. Some are placed in vases.
There is transitory beauty and melancholy inherent in all living things. Mr.Read more ›