Jun 072014
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A dear friend brought us a rose from her garden. I put it in a glass of water on the counter where I look every day. Over the next days, probably 2-3 weeks, it aged. I looked up at it in a flash one day…wilted, leaning over the glass, water evaporated, petals in a pile next to the glass. I saw this photograph in that flash.

It stayed in my head for around 2 years. So finally, I set up a spot in the studio, picked a rose from our garden and photographed it every day for a couple of weeks. It only took seconds each day, but was so exciting and really looked forward to each ‘new’ session/step to the photograph.

And so here it is.

I pondered for some days on what photograph to put forward. I hadn’t thought of this one in awhile, then it popped into my head out of the blue. And as I write this, the mother of our dear friend who brought the original rose, has been moved to hospice care.


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  10 Responses to “Rose – Ann Worthy Stephenson”

  1. Ann, so wonderful to see one of your images here on aGathering. Such a beautiful one at that. I love the story and I love the beauty and I love the process by which you have made this image. I love that photography can tell such a wonderful story, if we make the time to create the story. All based on such simple concepts too. Thank you.

  2. A beautiful, delicate image with an interesting back story too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. From life to death, in such a short time. This has such appeal, the treatment works so well with it. It has an ethereal feel to it. Really love it.

  4. My first thought was “So Gentle” and delicate. The image and your words have stayed with me since I read them. I would have added “Serendipity” to your coincidence. Beautiful Ann

  5. Some things just seem right and have a sort of inbuilt balance about them.

    This image is one of those things.

    The story is harsh, after all you are showing us death, but the image is serene and beautiful. The balance between serenity and harshness is perfect.

  6. As you know Ann, I love this image. The fruits of much thought, developing a concept, and then executing it with those great artistic skills you have!

  7. Beautiful Ann. I love the sense of fading away that you’ve achieved with both the concept and production, and the colours do it beautiful justice. I’m glad that you’ve been able to keep that idea with you until you had the opportunity to work with it. Thank you for joining us!

  8. Anne, I love the way this tells the whole story in one image, I don’t find it sad at all. The thought and whole process has come together beautifully.

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