At first glance, a classic photograph of Sunflowers in dramatic morning light. The backlit flower-heads are vividly expressed in a rich warm glow. Yet, there are levels of character hidden in the secondary details that are not apparent immediately.
The water filled glass vase refracts light across the table. A convergence of rays and finger-like shadows from the stalks, create a surreal effect.
Further down, a delicate texture of pollen is strewn across the tabletop, like tumble-weed tufts of powder blown across a wooden desert, basking in the rays of a ghostly convergence of light.
And so, here is the hidden character, to jostle the viewer’s awareness, delivering them from the simplistic and sublime, to subtle surrealism.
All of which punctuates a point; be mindful of the details in your daily experience, as these situations abound in every moment, at all times, all around you.
Sunflowers have been ornamental for hundreds of years and also a great subject matter for artists (ie. Vincent Van Gogh) and so their appeal is universal.
Although the sunflower originated in the America’s 5000 years ago, it eventually made its way to Europe and Russia, where industry crafted its genetics to maximize harvest yields of the seeds and oil.
The bulky-headed plant we know now is most often the Russian variety, due to its return to the western world after its proliferation abroad.
The depiction of the Sunflower is so popular in art because of its exaggerated properties. It is a living cartoon of an idealized flower, which makes it suitable as a standalone subject.