Withered Grace

These are Van Dycke prints on unbleached muslin. The images are for my final in an alternative process photography class. For our final critique I strung a mini-clothes line outside and hung them from it with miniature wooden clothespins. Each image is of an individual dried plant all selected from one bouquet. Dried plants, particularly flowers, have always been visually fascinating to me. Here you have a dead plant, a concrete example of what happens when life slips away. But rather than becoming an object of distaste or disgust it has become something beautiful, a withered husk of its former beauty now become beautiful in a whole new way. it's become a reminder that even in growing old and dying we can maintain our own beauty and grace.