A new painterly way of creating photographs with a reference to vanitas an artist self exploration

 
 

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Flowers and live butterflies in a celebration of life for Alexander James' Intersection

READERS NOTES... you can explore the Vanitas collection of works here, with the 'Intersection' exhibition catalogue available to read here in both  English  &  Russian.

By Culture24 Reporter | 23 April 2013

Flights of beauty in the studio are rarely as literal as they were during Alexander James’ 80 days locked away to create his new series.

In a decision he says was made “not lightly”, the photographer began breeding butterflies for a photoshoot they were completely aware of.
inside the baroque vanitas room intersection

“It’s a celebration of life,” asserts the artist, defining his fascination as “the temporarily and fragility of life”, as well as the ornate, ephemeral compositions of 17th century Dutch Master painters.

To recreate their look, James photographed cut flowers underwater, capturing their exact state of ghostly suspense while resisting the temptations of subsequent digital remastering.

“It was a new, painterly way of creating photographs,” he says.

“The reference to vanitas is not only a homage – it’s a self-exploration.

“Some of them are stories of love. Decadence, death and betrayal – it’s all there.

“The playground is between the object and the lens. Something magical happens.”

 
A new painterly way of creating photographs with a reference to vanitas an artist self exploration