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Paul Gladden

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Schools
Art Center College of Design Pasadena, CA

Tags
digital, photography, traditional, modern, realism, abstract, color, digital photography, florals, nature, flowers, Flora, micro

Statement

Despite so many subjects to photograph, nothing inspirers more or I find as gratifying than capturing nature by way of photographing flowers! 

Shooting flowers allows me to reconnect with the power of nature in one of its most sublime forms. Many of the images you will view were taken randomly during ramblings in and around Los Angeles and Pasadena, which by the way is nick-named the Rose City; and yes many of the shots are of Roses.

As is the case with any photo I take, often I must be still and await the flowers' acknowledgement. Doing so creates a relationship of commonality necessary before attempting to capture its essence. Then like a honeybee, I explore going deep inside seeking what is not readily seen but there non-the-less and sharing with others a visual honey. 

Although I have used other camera formats in other areas of photography such as API, portraiture, editorial and street, I find working within the confines of a point & shoot allows for a certain freedom, spontaneity and joy in the happen-stance of that moment along with a good dose of patients for just the right pattern of leaves, light, or petals, etc. 

Enjoy the photos, be well and thank you! 

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