This project was born of a request for a book of flowers for a thirty third birthday present. The petal logo is a pair of threes with the first one reversed. These pictures were all taken between January and April of 2017 and the flowers came from my garden, friends gardens, the market, the trails I hike the pups on in Los Angeles and lastly on a four week trip to New Zealand.
As a young man I'd assisted Steve Lovi, an incredible photographer and botanical expert who took the most exquisite pictures of flowers in his house in north London. I was so humbled by his sensibility and eye that I never turned my camera towards a flower. When Joanna asked for a flower book I tried to find Steve through the internet to ask for any tips or advice, but sadly discovered that he'd passed in the almost thirty years since we last spoke. I thought of him often while creating this story, and of the impermanence of everything around us. Flowers are a celebration of life to be caught in such a fleeting moment, almost like a firework