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Fleur: Plant Portraits Hardcover – 21 Nov 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: FUEL; 01 edition (21 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955006104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955006104
  • Product Dimensions: 30.3 x 22.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,147,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Fleur Olby lives and works in the United Kingdom. She is regularly commissioned to produce photographs of plants for many UK publications, including Elle Decoration and The Observer Magazine.

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Format: Hardcover
Between 1996 and 2002, Fleur Olby illustrated all the articles I wrote for The Observer Magazine. Where her work is at it's very best, and where she stands out from any other plant photographer, is where the plant drifts away in it's abstraction. Invariably people would compliment me by saying my page 'looked' fantastic - and invariably it did because Fleur and the designer had made it so. Fleur, the editor and I would draw up a list of topics to cover over the coming month and we would work independently of each other, she taking the pictures and I writing the words. The first time I swathe pictures taken to accompany the piece was when I bought my copy of The Observer on a Sunday morning. It was a delight and a surprise.
Fleur has just published a collection of plant portraits called simply and aptly 'Fleur'. Quite a few of these pictures first appeared in The Observer, though there are plenty that I have not seen before, and this is the first time I have looked at her work without any connection to my own words. I can see now that I shackled her to the page.
Fleur's flowers often fall like watercolour onto the page, almost slipping away from their outline. The garden is left far behind and the pictures are more akin to looking down the lens of a microscope than swishing through a border. These are plants out of time and place, and locked into their own perpetual strangeness which, of course, they have always had, but which you had failed to notice in among all the gardening.
I am looking at a lisianthus, twisted twisted like a shell. Then there's a bearded iris (also purple - Fleur does purple especially well) whose petals loom, almost sinister, behind the beard that is caught in a patch of light.
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Format: Hardcover
The close-up photos of plants are stunningly beautiful:this book is the most beautiful book of art that I can recall.

Technically and artistically the prints are perfect, and I look in admiration of the prints again and again.

No technical information is given- the book is art pure-and very pure- and simple. Indeed it is the wonderful capture of the simple beauty of nature that is the hallmark of 'Fleur.'

Note that the author of the book is Fleur Olby, not Wayne Ford (who wrote the foreword).

Buy, look, admire,learn,and enjoy. This is a six star book at least.
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Seen through the lens of Fleur Olby's camera the world is a beautiful place. Fleur's highly stylised images are her trademark, they began with a love of nature and the desire to convey detail and essence in it's simplest form.
Jodie Jones in Gardens Illustrated. October 2005.
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It was delivered well, packaging was good. The book has detail and information of the artist (foreword). Its a good book, worth looking at and has some great artwork that are clearly laid out and titled :)
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This book shows what can be done with plant life and imagination. The photos are studio productions, not in their natural environment the photos take the one element the photographer is looking to portyray and show it to perfection in most cases. Recommended an excellent buy.
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