While deadheading the last of the tulips in the garden today, the dry crinkly petals and the still rich colour of these inspired some play with the scanner.
Marja-Leena | 18/05/2012 | 7 comments
themes: Nature, Photoworks
Finally figured out how to sign in. I like it that you are looking back at your earlier work while expanding new techniques. Such a variety!
The tulip petal colors are so deep and rich.
How could it be that they've faded already? Didn't spring start just last week?
They are pretty right up to the last.
Marianna, glad you made it. It is very interesting for me to go back and look at older work, and work that is not printmaking. Thanks for the kind words.
Susan, it's been feeling like summer here the past week or more, sometimes a bit too hot even! I am overwhelmed by the abundance of flowers in the garden, and will miss it all when it is over. My summer garden is not quite as profuse. How is spring doing in Halifax?
Tulips die most elegantly of all flowers. These look as though they are caught suspended in the air.
Lucy: elegance in death makes me think of heroines in grand opera!
Your beautiful flower scan is so rich. Going through earlier scans myself, I'm was reminded that Xerox scans made at a copy shop in the 1980s (before we had our own personal equipment) seem to have held up quite well. Often appear to have more character than what I dish up on my own device.
Naomi, thanks! Interesting about your Xerox copies. Are they also of objects, in colour or black and white? The ink and paper quality and how they are stored are all factors in their longevity.
Many of these scans exist as digital files only, something we could not do with early Xeroxes. I haven't actually used them much. I imagine they now use even better inks and papers.
Even with inkjet printers, the technology has improved greatly so when I do print, I have archival quality ink and acid free papers. That is better than most of our colour photos from decades ago.