Award-winning fine-art photographer Paul Coghlin has released a series of striking monochrome floral prints in a new body of work titled ‘Botanic’.
Paul is celebrated for his love of fine detail, texture and form, and these twenty-two evocative images epitomise his distinctive style. The series is an observation of the natural sculptural and textural beauty of a variety of flowers, some of which were grown in his Suffolk garden in England.
The work was partly inspired by the art movements of the 1920s and 30s and each image has a contemporary-classic feel, with some of the flowers seeming almost balletic in their formation.
“Each photographic study fills the frame, almost to over-flowing, as though the flower is pushing to break free of the confines of the print” says Paul. “Using monochrome, rather than full colour, creates compositions with simpler tones of light and shade; and the careful use of gentle lighting works to draw out the delicate shapes and textures of each subject.”
The series allows time to be spent with each flower, drawing the viewer in, to look deep into the small details found within the folds of a petal, or travel along the curve of a stem; to appreciate the detail and character found in every bloom.
A Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), Paul has won many awards, including the much-coveted BIPP Photographer of the Year, in 2010 and again in 2013. He has also won awards from New York’s International Photography Awards (IPA) and the Federation of European Photographers. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in London and with the Royal Horticultural Society.