I was first seduced by the beauty of flowers three years ago. The exquisite, seemingly endless variations in their form fascinated me, and I was struck by the fact that, like photography, flowers need light to bring them to life.
My decision to photograph flowers was strongly influenced by a need to achieve a sense of intimacy in my work – and in my life. Perhaps, previously, my point of view as a commercial photographer had always been that of an outsider, someone observing from a distance. My desire to establish a closer, more direct connection with individual objects photographed eventually led me to focus on flowers.
I photographed flowers in my apartment, New York City florists, but also friend’s gardens in Long Island, Connecticut, and Missouri. I have also photographed flowers in the Western United States, Cuba, and elsewhere in the Caribbean. Eventually, as I realized that I needed and even more intimate understanding of my subject, I planted my own flower garden in Montauk.