Birgit Freybe Bateman
Silver Bowl with Poppies (at our house, Salt Spring Is., BC, CA) (Print)
Archival Giclee printing on Hahnemuehle Photo Rag Paper and archival framing
20 x 30(inches) / 50.80 x 76.20(centimeters)
Framed Price (Canadian Dollar): $850.00
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As I passed this bowl of red poppies from our garden that was on the kitchen table, I noticed that some of the petals had fallen. I often leave fallen petals as another aspect of flowers in my vases as a still life. Upon looking closer at them I saw how they were reflected in the silver, which prompted me to get my film camera, put it on the kitchen table (serving as a make-shift tripod) and look through the viewfinder to see what the best composition would be. I decided to frame the vase and flowers tightly then noticed my distorted head and camera in the middle of the brightest rectangle of the silver bowl. That created a focal point in what would have been a bright empty shape in the centre of the bowl.