'The Photographer Reimagining Flowers as Objets d’Art’
– Extract from AnOther Magazine.
An exotic cornucopia of botanical forms that bleed vivid colour and vibrate with movement. Like a bee drunk on nectar, the eye travels along undulating petals and thrumming stigma, gaining a hyperreal sense of the forms at hand. Studio Botanical evokes nature in its rawest sense.
The works are reminiscent of the botanical photography of artists such as Sheila Metzner and Robert Mapplethorpe, in that the subject here is elevated to the point of veneration. For Harries, each flower becomes an individual study. “My default instinct was always to view the subject in isolation, as an object constructed”, he notes. In this way, a single bud transforms into an objet d’art. The intense saturation of tone and chiaroscuro of their throbbing forms against stark backgrounds feel as though you are looking at portraits of flowers rather than still lifes. He points out the importance of the fact “that any distortion also remained descriptive”. So, in the same way that the painstaking details of traditional botanical journals stimulate a deeper aesthetic understanding of flowers, Harries’ botanical portraits induce an almost entirely sensory experience of them. And a rather divine experience at that.