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Cate Boddy

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Phtographer:  Cate Boddy

Photographer’s Note:  “I strongly believe that my photo captures Enhanced colors and Background / Foreground emphasis extremely well. What I was aiming for is at first, what you see in the photograph is the extremely vibrant flower due to the black background. Then, you see the cuts on the hand (partially drawn on and edited by me) and you wonder about them. How did they get there? What does it mean / represent in this picture? I wanted the viewer to wonder why this wasn’t just a cliche stereotypical flower picture, because normally the hand would be perfectly clear! No marks or scratches and bruises. I also knew exactly what I wanted before I stepped into our local flower shop. I knew that a purple flower would be just amazing. Purple combines the deepness of blue and the energy of red. It symbolizes power and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. And I believe I chose the right flower to portray this. The background of complete darkness was achieved through around 3 hours of using a small pencil tool with a color wheel on a free photo editing site. I put in the time and effort because I knew how well it would make the color of the flower look absolutely breathtaking. As an artist I thoroughly believe that every single aspect of a photo is extremely important, lighting, shadow, color, and I think I did a good job. The extremely vibrant colors and seemingly empty and mysterious background is what this picture is trying to highlight most.”

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