“When taking my photographs, I try to blur the line between photo and painting, while capturing bold shapes and texture to create abstract art.”
As an abstract painter, I’ve always been drawn to flowers for their amazing color, texture and energy. They’ve always been my favorite subject matter to photograph. I love the idea that a flower has to attract insects to itself for pollination, as it can’t move, and so it must produce vibrant colors and smells. The amount of energy it takes to do all this is amazing and because of this we are also attracted to flowers. Over the course of my life, I’ve been trying to capture what I feel when I look at flowers and since 2006, through macro flower photography, am able to share my experience.
I look at my photographs as pieces of art, abstract art made by nature. Just like a painting, every flower is an original piece in that moment in time, and I try to capture it in all its splendor. I use a Nikon D7200 digital SLR with a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 lens. I do all my shots in camera with minimal photoshop enhancements. It’s not my intent to change Mother Nature’s creations.
I chose macro flower photography to become one with petals and leaf, to feel enveloped by its form and mostly to prove that art can be seen in everything around us—you just have to look closely. I also believe that its the moving energy within a plant, the electromagnetic force, that truly shines in my photographs. You can almost feel the vibration. This macro, one-second still captures its life force, then transforms into abstract art before your eyes. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what you are looking at. Is it a paining? Is it a photograph? And what is it? That’s what I am striving for. It’s about perceiving something that its not and using your imagination to mold it into something mysterious that speaks to you. To me, that’s art.
My art was chosen for The Bellagio Hotel and Casino renovation. Click here to learn more.
Sunshine lives in Collingswood, NJ with her husband and two children. She is the owner of SunDesign Studios, a creative graphic design firm. She provides photography services to her clients on a project basis, ranging from architectural to food and beverage.