Blushing Bride Cluster
Blushing Bride Cluster
Blushing Bride Cluster
Blushing Bride Cluster

Blushing Bride Cluster

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Blushing brides - Serruria Florida – are, to me, the prettiest of the protea family and such a joy to photograph due to their structural but delicate texture. So aesthetically pleasing. These are South African native flowers but grow widely in Australia. This image is of several branches of brides clustered together and I shot them on a plain black background with natural light and long exposure.

Photographic Artist Elise Catterall

Elise is a photographer, writer and naturopath with a Master of Public Health who fell into botanical photography as an art form when she was practising as a naturopath and capturing flowering herbal medicines. In making her art, Elise focuses on capturing flowers and plants in the studio with blank backgrounds, as a form of still life portraiture. This is uncommon in botanical photography, which is often field-based. By removing the flower or plant from its natural setting, all distractions are removed so the focus is solely on the subject, emphasising the innate beauty of the flower. Elise brings her awe of Botanics to every subject she captures. Long exposure photography allows her to use natural light and a deep depth of field to capture her subjects with richness, detail, depth and shadow.

This way the viewer is equally filled with awe - not only at the uniqueness of these flowers and plants but at nature as a whole. Elise is a mum of 2 and contributes as a writer and photographer for Planet Ark, a charity close to her heart. She has always had a love of art and photography with a focus on flowers, especially the work of Georgia O’Keefe, Christopher Beane, Irving Penn and the 17th Century Dutch masters, and these artists have guided her aesthetic. She loves and respects nature and is happiest surrounded by flowers and plants.