I write a lot on this blog about texture, pattern, and shape in photographs – I guess because these are elements which I enjoy both in my own and in other’s photography. And when I teach, I am asked frequently about the place of black-and-white photography, which of course throws texture, pattern and shape into sharp relief.
But sometimes a picture is compelling because of its colour – or as in today’s picture, colour and shape! What first caught my eye was the stunning deep blue of the flower petals which looks almost as if they have been dyed (they haven’t!). But as you look, the shape of the flowers also draws you in, with the harmonious repetition of that five-pointed flower head, in some cases spread open to the breeze, and in others still partially closed, yet to display its vibrance to the world.