My fascinating journey with floral images seemed strikingly evocative of the humbling studies of the human figure by our esteemed photographic predecessors. In response, I began a parallel study of the human figure in conjunction with my ongoing studies of floral images, finding the coincidences of the human form and poetic lines in space played against the floral images infinitely compelling. 

I observed the slow, magnificent blooming of an Amaryllis. I was entranced by the objects organic beauty, but even more taken by the powerful push/pull of its form against a “then” accidentally dark background. The lyrical negative spaces pressing against the positive natural object were hypnotic, changing hour by hour and day by day until the declining petals fell prey to the power of figure versus ground - both beautiful and emblematic of the inevitable course of life itself. Playing against the background, its withering, parchment-like trumpets seemed transformed, more akin to an Albrecht Dürer engraving than an object of botanical origins. Captivated, I began photographing these extraordinary objects in my studio, and have continued to do so on a regular basis. 

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Brian Alterio