Former fashion photographer Brad Oliphant has finally released his first book that explores the classical subject of flowers through a fresh and revitalising lens. From hibiscus and tea rose to amaryllis and calla lily, Enlightened Blooms: Floral Diptych Photographs presents thirty-seven distinct diptychs, each uniquely transformed through the photographer’s process of solarisation. Instead of intensifying the flowers’ colors, Oliphant chooses to first desaturate them, examining the forms and textures in black-and-white. Then, with the sensibility of a painter, he reintroduces colour slowly and deliberately, for a final work both vibrant and restrained. As Russell Hart writes in the Foreword, “For me, the creative manipulation showcased here is no difference, fundamentally, than the essential aesthetic experience afforded by a flower. Its intriguing colors are really no more eccentric or improbable than the winsome hues of a real flower.”
Oliphant’s collection is a treasure for lovers of botany and photography alike, along with anyone who has ever marveled at the elegant forms of the natural world. In Oliphant’s own words, “We walk down a city block fixated on our problems and our work, and all the while there’s beauty passing by.” With true artistic and technical mastery, Oliphant encourages a deeper appreciation of the beauty that continuously surrounds us.
Take a preview of his published works below 🙂