As gifts go, am I alone in preferring, to give and receive, a beautiful book of floral photography rather than a bunch of cut flowers which will, sadly, be watched as they wilt and die in front of us?
Okay, I know the flowers are cut for the photography but, cut one, give pleasure to many and, maybe, even increase awareness of the imminent threat of extinction to many flower species by buying A Tribute To Flowers – Plants Under Pressure by photographer, Richard Fischer, published by Teneues Publisihing, February 2018.
From the Tenueues Publishing website:
Up to fifty percent of the world’s flower species are threatened with extinction. Each year, numerous flowers disappear from the face of the Earth without ever being documented. Indeed, many of these natural beauties remain as yet unknown to humankind.
Photographer Richard Fischer can be regarded as the ambassador for flowers. For many years, he has staged graceful and endangered floral specimens in his photo studio, capturing the uniqueness and transience of each flower. In collaboration with the world’s leading botanical gardens, his strikingly original images provide the flowers with an aesthetic framework in which their power of expression and majesty remain intact. Fischer’s precise, yet delicate floral compositions record the unique color, form, and texture of each flower, while signaling to the extraordinary beauty, diversity, and fragility of the natural world. Fischer’s inimitable flower photographs have bestowed him with exhibitions around the world …
Now, for the first time, Richard Fischer brings together his best pictures spanning 15 years in one flower photography book, showcasing his artwork and little-known floral exotica. Throughout the volume, the photographs are accompanied by informative and captivating texts, leading the reader through an unknown and dwindling world of flowers.
The images here are just a few of those from the book and I also found some photographic prints available by Richard Fischer on the Saatchi Art website.
Beautiful Flowers: Stunning photography: Fabulous Gift.
A Tribute To Flowers, Richard Fischer, February 2018.