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One of the prettiest flowers, I think, are Lewisia (named after Mr. Lewis). When I bought these, I didn’t know anything about them. I first thought they were a type of succulent, even. Upon realizing they weren’t, I thought we’d be able to enjoy them for one spring, much like any other flowers we get for the garden. But they’ve been with us for 3 years now. The Lewisia are also where I started experimenting with my late grandfather’s kaleidoscopic filter. I don’t know if he ever used it himself – he did like to experiment with multiple exposures and other trickery – but when I saw it in one of the boxes containing his things, I thought: this could be cool. It reminded me a little of some of those multiple lomography cameras. So I started with the Lewisia flowers. My shots then were not that great. I was…

What day is it? What week is it? Is it April 29- No, it’s May already. I’m in my 8th? 9th? week of isolation and social distancing. I’m doing OK, so are the kids. I’ve taken up baking the past few weeks. I mean, I used to bake muffins and cookies all the time, but now I actually really find it very therapeutic. I’m trying to enthuse my daughter into helping me. Seems to be working, although she’s learning from her dad that his version of “helping” is licking out the bowl. But I digress. I’m just glad it’s something we can do together during what-used-to-be-her-nap-time. As soon as I’m able to work out how, I’ll try and snap some decent photos of what we’re doing together there. My little covert Disney Princess has been posing for some photos for me last week, and she’s LOVING it. I’ll be sharing…

While I’m still navigating this strange, new, smaller world of ours, I’m trying my best to also keep my creative juices flowing. I can’t say I’m working on profound photographs at the moment. I’m very limited in what I can do in that respect. Having 2 kids under 4 is definitely making actively shooting new work challenging. And my studio space is non-existent. Before Covid-19, we started re-doing the entire house. My former studio space – the attic – is now the master bedroom. We were in the middle of working out a solution for me to have a different studio space in our house to work when shit happened. So my equipment is for the most part still boxed up, and I don’t have much room or time to really shoot conceptual work. But for one of my more important yet still untitled projects (the one where I shoot…

Flowers, I think, make for beautiful subject matter in photography. But flower photography is incredibly saturated – there are trillions of amazing photos out there, a lot of them are photographed so well, too. But I still wanted a piece of it. I wanted to make it one of my main subjects in stock photography. Because for me, it’s an “easy” subject to photograph, being bound at home pretty much most of the time right now, what with little kids whose naps don’t overlap except for maybe one hour every day. Flower photography is something I can do. But being a creative photographer, I wanted to do something different and started using flowers as a subject for experimental and abstract photography. I’ve got a gallery of the stuff up on Stocksy already, but am not bored yet with trying out different techniques and different filters. The effects continue to inspire…