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Update 17th September 2012: 5 images in this series have been placed 2nd as a series in the 2012 IPA awards.


Update 20th June 2012: I am honoured and pleased to announce that three of my art pieces (Gerbera Exploded 01, Gerbera Exploded 02 and Pom Pom Exploded 01 are now available exclusively via Lux Archive in limited editions)

Update 6th November: I have concluded this series today, with a set total of 20 exploded flowers in this particular series – Realised that there are many more flowers out there in the world, and I cannot possibly include them all!

Flowers are indeed one of the most beautiful and complex structures found in nature, specifically designed to achieve the purpose of reproduction.

This is a new series I have embarked on – exploded flowers which are images that show the radial symmetry of flowers, and also individual floral components. This series is inspired partially by Todd McLellan’s Disassembly series (which is not to say that my level of photography is comparable to his).

The act of disassembly (I hesitate to use the term dissection because this series is not meant to be a scientific treatise) lays bare the various shapes and textures of the flowers, and what is interesting to me is how much more expanded some flowers can get when they are disassembled – the relative surface area to size of a rose is so much greater compared to a larger flower like the sunflower.

Also, as a medium that captures a moment in time – which was made clear when I noticed dried gerbera petals after only a single night – the use of photography captures the beauty and intricacies of nature’s flowers in the moment of full bloom, and at the same time let you have a different appreciation of their beauty.

This series has been featured worldwide, in various publications such as The New York TimesFeature Shoot, Digital Camera Magazine China, McGraw-Hill Education, Esquire Russia, Petapixel, The Telegraph, The Boston Globe, My Modern Met and more!

If you like the above work, you may like my floral paintings and floral swirls!


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    1. divya christian

      How a small delicatebthing like the flower can embrace so many parts within itseelf with such beauty……god is gr8 n the photographer too

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  8. Emily

    This is such a cool idea. It’s a lot more interesting than just looking at a flower. It also reminded me to see not only see a beautiful flower, but to see all the different components of that flower – the stigma, the sepals and some more petals. If only people could see other people in their “exploded” forms… It would be so beautiful.

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  13. Leda "Mae"

    Wow. I am going to try that. I just ordered an infrared camera. Hope I can do some neat stuff with that. Thanks, Mae

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  50. preston

    I love how you have presented the images almost as scientific specimens or evidence , forcing the viewer to take extra time and care to study the details. Wonderful lighting too 🙂

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    1. Sedra

      those are amazing!! So Beautiful…. asolmt as beautiful as the “flowers” aka weeds that my daughter picks and gives me. For some reason, they hold a bit more beauty in my eyes. :o)

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  78. Ayushi Panicker

    have got the practical of dissection of a hibiscus flower tomorrow!!…
    came across these pics and they are really awesome!!!….

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