I’m a flower lover. There’s just something in the color and delicacy of the bloom that touches something deep in me. I find unspeakable power in the frailty and impermanence. Someone asked me once if I could choose what I would be in my next life, what would I choose? Without hesitation my reply was, “A flower.” To live with such splendor, grace and fragrance for but a short time would outrival the glory of a thousand human lifetimes.
Thanks to Claire of Word by Word, I’ve been introduced to the works of Warwick Orme. If you’re a flower lover or a lover of natural art and aren’t familiar with his work, I’ve included a few of them here. To quote Warwick’s website Floranova:
“If Joseph Banks and a light-box could bear a child (and not for want of trying), that child would be Warwick Orme. Moving from a career in fashion to the calmer waters of floral portraiture, the hard drive of his computer reads like the herbarium of London’s Natural History Museum.”
Warwick was born in Australia in 1961. Through the love of his family’s garden a lifelong passion for all things growing was born. His passion for photography bloomed in high school as a distraction from more tedious schoolwork but a wise and well-loved art teacher helped steer his endeavors into a productive direction in the form of photography competitions and work for the school magazine. His talents blossomed even further during his college years.
Launching into a career in fashion he became best known for his high-art technique of shooting models against a black background producing flawless and timeless picturesque divas. This same vision was later translated to his portraiture of flowers.
Below are a few examples of his work. Please visit Floranova to see much more of his work.