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Age cannot wither her* … melting flowers.

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Flora-2

Nick Knight is top of celebrity photographer wishlists. His has a reputation for pushing boundaries technically and creatively at every opportunity: resulting in three decades of innovative, startling and often controversial photography.

Flora-06But Knight is more than just a ‘fashion and fabulous people’ photographer. He continually tackles conventional ideals of beauty:  working on a range of controversial issues during his career – racism, disability, ageism, and more recently fat-ism. He believes his role as a photographer to be more than just reportage: “I don’t want to reflect social change – I want to cause social change.”

Knight’s latest exhibition shows ornate Renaissance-style compositions of bold floral arrangements, with their inks running and dripping as if the blooms are dissolving. To achieve this effect – he exposed the prints to heat and water during the printing process which results a unique hybrid of photography and painting. The blooms slightly spoiled by time and process – but still striking. A comment on beauty and age perhaps?

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(images via Trendland)

The quote: “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale. Her infinite variety.” is from William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra“, Act 2 Scene 2. And is about Cleopatra.

Nick Knight’s quote drawn from:  Jo Craven’s “Nick Knight Biography (Vogue.com UK).

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5 Comments

  1. silvia
    silvia

    Decadent and beautiful, I wouldn’t mind at all having one hanging on my wall

    February 7, 2013
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  2. So beautiful, thank you for sharing his work. And that quote from Shakespeare. That one’s a keeper.

    February 7, 2013
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    • Elma Jonckheer
      Elma Jonckheer

      Would not mind a print of one of those.

      February 6, 2013
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  3. wow! amazing, couldn’t tell whether they were prints or paintings. Thanks for the explanation.

    February 5, 2013
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