Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Spontaneous Inspiration

Looking back on the flower images I made for the show, I was struck by how many of my favorites were ones made in the last few months. I also noticed that quite a few images had a story about how the flowers made their way into my studio.

Normal floral shoots are planned. I pick a day, go to Trader Joe's, buy flowers and bring them back to the studio and set up the shots. There were days when this worked, but sometimes it felt like something was missing, like I was trying to force an outcome with the flowers I had purchased.

I have already shared a couple of stories about flowers that were given to me and how the inspiration just seemed to flow.  "Hellebore Heaven" and "Grateful for the Light" were two examples of that happening.

That "flow" continued into the summer as friends and family who knew about the "flower project" gave me plants and bouquets as birthday gifts.

My studio mate Judy Jacobs heard me mention that I had never photographed a hibiscus. I had bought a plant a few weeks earlier, but any possible blossoms that appeared, would soon drop off. So for my birthday, Judy gave me a hibiscus plant that looked like it had a lot of potential, but at the time did not show anything worth photographing.

I thanked Judy for that and the other equally lovely gifts she gave me and put it on a table in the studio. The very next day I came in and a beautiful single red bloom had presented itself.


I had no intention of photographing that day, but I quickly got out my camera and made quite a few exposures before the blossom started to wilt from all the abuse.

©2011 Dianne Poinski

While I was at it, I decided to play around with the lilies my mother-in-law had sent. I liked this one so much that I put it on my new business card.

©2011 Dianne Poinski

As the deadline for my show approached, I believed there wasn't time to photograph anymore. This is what I was thinking when I received a text from Judy showing a photo of echinacea growing in her mother's yard and the message "should I pick these for you?". At first I said no - then, in what I can only describe as my "muse" intervening, I changed my mind. Good thing, because this session produced a possible series of images. Here are two I have finished so far:

©2011 Dianne Poinski


©2011 Dianne Poinski

I think the point of all this is, while it's important to schedule studio time, plan photo shoots and sit down to the easel on a regular basis, spontaneous bursts of creativity provide not only satisfying images, but hours of pure joy and time to escape the "to-do" lists in my head.....all reasons why I love making photographs in the first place.

4 comments:

  1. Your work is amazing and stunning. I love the ethereal look of the finished images. Your cropping and placement of the flowers in the frame is very imaginative. I'm so glad I found you!

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  2. Gorgeous, Dianne! I espectially like the Hibiscus that you painted. Lovely!

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  3. Dianne, these are beautiful. Thank you so much for adding them to my day.

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  4. Thank you everyone! I appreciate all your comments. It feels good to be back to blogging on a regular basis!

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