Apologies, dear readers, for the sudden hiatus – and thanks for sticking around. I have a fantastic guest post coming up, and I want it to get all the attention it deserves, so I’m going to ease back into the swing of things with a post in the usual vein. Does an artist’s work elevate the plants it captures, or do the plants captured elevate the work? In the hands of the right artist, that line is blurred and, ultimately, doesn’t matter. Clinton Friedman is one of those artists, and just another example of the greatness that can come from the adept marriage of plants and art.
Friedman is a well-rounded and world recognized photographer whose work encompasses all genres, from editorial to portrait to fashion to food. Of course, the work we’re most interested in here are his botanical pieces, wherein he explores the fascinating form of the flora from his native South Africa. Each photograph is uncomplicated and captured in that sort of unforgiving high-contrast, high-definition grit that lets you see every pore on an actor’s face. These aren’t the sort of soft-lit floral portraits that are typically found on greeting cards or summer dresses. Nevertheless, Friedman has teamed up with West Elm on a number of occasions, having his prints featured on household goods such as cushions, plates and now, in their most recent collaboration, as simple, unadulterated and framed full-size wall prints.
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All photographs © Clinton Friedman.