Mapplethorpe’s earliest pictures of flowers date from 1973, not long after he had been given a Polaroid camera. He used the Polaroid technology to practise composition and lighting however, gradually his technique and equipment changed. The flowers are photographed in the same manner in which he photographed sex or portraits or anything else. The settings are often minimalist, the blooms lovingly photographed with dramatic contrasts of light and shade.
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