When Women and Flowers Collide, Sayaka Maruyama and Parker Fitzgerald
There is something in Fitzgerald's Overgrown photography project that reminds me of Monet, of Van Gogh and even sprinkles me with hints of Rachel Ruysch, all of these without losing it's uniqueness and individuality. The portraits of this skilled photographer based in Oregon seem to come out of a melancholic spring dream; they are purely haunting, breathtaking and sublimely aesthetic. His art impales the brain and the heart, remaining there for long.
There's something in us humans which makes us crave for the beauty of flowers; their gleaming, vivid petals and their alluring, irresistible scents. Determined by the circumstances a flower can portray both birth and decay, devotion and sorrow, purity and lust. They tempt insects to their pollen-filled intimate cores and they lure us to their grace. Different pigments, fragrances and shapes that compete each other, delighting bumble bees, butterflies, birds, you and me.
Blossoms harbour a powerful kind of beauty. An exquisiteness which, with their melodious tint, gentle symmetry, unblemished figure and soft curves, draws us to them like hungry wasps. Declaring our adoration through art.
Sayaka Maruyama, just like Fitzgerald, captures the natural seductiveness of flowers and merges it with the charm of the female body. Parker grasps this in the field, Maruyama however takes the aforementioned potpourri to the studio and comes out with the following stunning portraits.
Sometimes we simply need to be captivated by beauty. To let ourselves be taken without withstand by the bittersweet urge of disappearing into a bewitching expression of harmony. Today Sayaka Maruyama and Parker Fitzgerald where my subjects of choice for this purpose... Maybe they can too be yours.