The rose is without an explanation; She blooms because she blooms.
– Angelus Silesius
Last week, my husband arrived home from work with a lovely surprise for me – a big bunch of red roses! I’m not massively into flowers as a thing (the smell of flower shops freaks me out, which is apparently weird) but I do love red roses. There’s something about the richness of the colour, the velvet-soft petals, the way my cats don’t seem to want to eat them (my cats eat everything) that makes red roses all-round perfect flowers in my eyes. Even as they start to wilt and fade, they turn from scarlet to burgundy to black. My inner teenage goth still influences a lot of my taste.
I wanted to photograph the roses in a way that showed off their colour and softness so macro photography focusing on one part of one flower seemed like the obvious choice to capture those details. To add a bit more light to the picture, I freehand painted silver glitter onto the edges of some of the petals and took the photo under bright natural light from a window.
The colours are what they are. I haven’t enhanced them at all because although I often process my photos in a way that plays on the vibrancy of colours, I wanted this rose to look exactly how it actually looks (apart from the minor loss of image quality that has occurred in uploading the photo to WordPress, but such is the nature of the internet). I shot the photo with my Polaroid macro lens attachment on my Sony Alpha a550 dSLR, my favourite combination of tools.
I hope you’re having a wonderful week filled with beautiful things <3
Prints of the image above are available here.
See more July beauty in Jesh St Germain’s Seasons linky.