Remember You Must Die

The rhythms and cycles of the seasons provide an abundance of flora, the subjects for these flower portraits.

The process begins in early spring with careful soil preparation, sewing of seeds and nurturing of young plants. Wildflower seed collected from countryside alongside more familiar garden blooms.

These are informally presented in Victorian era glass vessels in a manner that befits a kitchen window sill, these photographs whilst contemporary in their making, reference the Vanitas and memento mori genres of still life painting. A reminder of the inevitability of mortality.

Glorious in their fullness of colour and structure, defying their impending death, gradually shrinking, drooping then fading with a complete grace. The glass vessels, discarded, buried then found were once containers, perhaps for substances derived from plants. Each holds the stem until it fades completely and is returned to the soil once more.