For the Winter Tulips Study I ordered 50 fresh white tulips from a farm in San Francisco California. Upon arrival I put the fresh tulips in a vase of fresh water and sat them in the daylight studio to settle in and begin the blooming process. Single tulips have six petals. Variations today include lily-flowering types, double flowers, fringed petals and ruffly parrot varieties. Tulips also come in a wide variety of colors to include: white, yellow, pink, peach, orange, red, lavender, purple and bi-colors.
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Tulips are originally native to Eurasia. They are believed to have been brought to western Europe in the mid 1500′s and they were called “Tulipa”, which is Latin for Turban. History tells us that demand soared for tulips after this and historians have dubbed the 17th century in the Netherlands as “Tulip Mania”. The price of a single tulip in the Netherlands soared so high that it caused markets to crash.
In Victorian times, flowers were used as symbols and gestures to communicate something that words could not. I like that tradition because I am drawn to peace and quite and often find times when words are not suffice. Just like roses, tulips represent perfect love and I think that is why people are naturally drawn to them. Forgiveness and worth are said to be exclusively associated with white tulips.
The tulip is thought to be the world’s most favorite flower only behind the rose. The white tulip is the national symbol for four countries: Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands and Turkey.
I used sheet film in a large format camera for the images in this study. For the color plates I used Fuji Provia 100F slide film and for the black and white I used Tri-X. I watched and studied the tulips in my daylight studio over the course of 10 days and when I felt there was something worthy of expressing, I captured the moment. For collectors I am offering artist original darkroom gelatin silver prints on gallery fiber paper ranging in sizes from 4×5 contact prints from the original negatives to 20×24 gallery enlargements. I process all of the artist original prints for archival permanence and selenium tone them. I hand print each image in my darkroom on demand and ship to any location with a valid postal address. If you are interested in a print, use my contact form to connect with me.
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