About the Book
32 Black and White Plates followed by 34 Color Plates
With a fresh, innovative approach, Diane Kaye has produced an intense and compelling addition to the art of 21st century floral photography. This sumptuous edition of dramatic, expressive prints encompasses a variety of techniques, ranging from early media processes (such as darkroom photograms and lumen prints) to scanner as camera. Her superb creative vision explores the disruption of form and function arising from manipulations of her subjects, such as being smeared in motion, cut open or dissected. Applied to botanicals in the whole range of their life-cycle, from new buds through to ultimate decay, this produces a dazzling, emotionally evocative celebration of the secret life of plants.
Photographer Diane Kaye is internationally recognized for the quality of her work and she has exhibited widely and received numerous awards. Diane's background includes black and white darkroom printing, the use of both film and digital media, the “lith printing” technique, and digital negatives. She photographed the November 1989 beginning of the revolution at the Berlin Wall, developed large portfolios in landscape, nude, portraiture, and street photography and more recently performed experiments with motion, some of which involve the use of a scanner as camera. Her primary concerns in a fine print are: luminosity, compositional tension, mystery, and the visual expression of that which cannot be put into words.