In Bloom

PrizeShortlist in Photography, Finalists in Photography
ArtistBella Kotak

My passion for flowers was born from my passion for photography. To create pictures I would rummage through the bins of my local florist, befriend the sale assistants at a local garage to collect all their discounted flowers, and whenever possible, collect leftover wedding flowers from venues. If I was ever running low on flowers but had an idea in my head bursting to come to life I would then look to the world around me, bushes on the side of the road and in the front gardens of the neighbourhoods I’d drive in would then become my canvas. I began to think of these as little pockets of magic hiding in the everyday. Soon how I looked at the world changed. Even a rainy grey day was beautiful for the softness of the diffused light dancing on luminous wet leaves. There is beauty and magic in the everyday ordinary.