Friday, May 27, 2011

Persephone's Portfolio: 2 Tulips

These tulip images were the beginning of what I call Persephone's Portfolio.  

According to Greek myths, Persephone was kidnapped by Hades, the god of the Underworld.  She was the daughter of Demeter, the earth goddess.  Demeter and Hades came eventually to a compromise:  Persephone would spend half the year with her mother on earth -- marked by Spring, with the earth coming alive -- and the other half of the year in the underworld -- marking winter, when the earth goes dormant. 

I named a series of flower photographs Persephone's Portfolio because I imagined these images might be  Persephone's memory of flowers during her half year underground.  

This tulip -- it's the same tulip, just from different angles -- was photographed in my kitchen.  The background is tissue paper.  The further away the paper is, the more abstract it looks.  They were originally color slides.  I scanned them in, converted the to black & white, and threw in a few Photoshop tricks.

These images are available on my website or at my gallery

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