Fleur: Plant Portraits Hardcover – 21 Nov 2005
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Jodie Jones in Gardens Illustrated. October 2005.