THE SADNESS OF FLOWERS
Do flowers have moods? I think they do. Anyone who has noticed the optimistic exuberance of a field of sunflowers or the quiet modesty of the first snowdrops would surely agree.
Photographically, they’re an easy target. Capturing their defiant prettiness is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. We do it, then move on to something slightly more challenging. Advancing beyond the obvious and the cliched is far from easy and I’m not entirely sure I’ve done it here.
This is less about the desolation or desiccation of their final days with all those metaphorical associations and more about a familiar and prosaic weariness. A melancholy; a getting-caught-in-the-rain-on-a-November afternoon type of thing.