Macro photography is something I’ve always enjoyed doing. However, processing it has been something that took me some time to work out. When I first discovered Influencing Me – Paul Barson‘s work, I would be lying if I didn’t say his work was very influencing to me.
Influencing Me – Paul Barson
This is not the first post I’ve done on him. I think I did an introduction one to him a few years ago. I fell in love with his floral work. I liked the way he gave the plants the attention they deserved.
With the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show over for another year, I am so inspired to get back into macro photography. Seeing all the different flowers and the ones that are available was great. I came home with several plants for the garden. However, today we are talking about Paul and his incredible floral portraits.
When I first saw his work I just wanted to imitate it. I wanted to do the same sort of thing to my macro images. I don’t think I succeeded.
My work is a lot closer to the subject than Paul’s. We both like that dark look, but each of us has a different feel to their work.
Paul’s Floral Portraits
First off, I have to say I love what he calls them, the floral portraits. Such an appropriate name for them.
He doesn’t seem to get in as close as I do with his images. The way he photographs them shows more than just the flower and you get an idea of where it is. They give you the feeling of being done at night with the moonlight hitting them. There is a peaceful serene feel to them.
Most photographers try for perfection when they are photographing flowers. I would be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t the same, but I do. When you look through his work you see the flowers in all sorts of states and perfection isn’t the object. Let’s face it, most flowers have some flaws, especially as they age.
Paul’s work really speaks for itself and you should take a look. I have a selection of it here, but if you go to his website you will see far more. Click here to be taken there. While I’m concentrating on the floral work, he also has other work that he is doing and you should check that out as well.