Irving Penn, one of the greatest studio photographers is naturally an influence. He has a series of poppy photographs that are stunning. I’ve always wanted to make my own version – and these first few are what I’d call sketches as I work out the series. I’ve had a collection of antique glass bottles from bottling companies in the area, New Hope PA, Trenton NJ, and Philadelphia PA. Finally finding a way to use them to hold up dry flowers for the shot. My mum periodically buys flowers from a farmer across from where they live – they sit out on an old card table in mason jars. Every now and then when I visit she buys me a flower jar too. It’s my favorite gift.
I think it’s refraction of light that I’m interested in capturing – but, minimal to the overall image.