Florilegium#1, 2014: Winner of the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize,
Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria, Australia.
Photo Credit: Joseph McGlennon, 2014
There is no denying or doubt that this image is striking; if you have seen a macaw up close as I have, you will agree, I think, that this photo, gathered from multiple images taken at multiple locations over a period of time and gathered together by a technique that dates to the Age of Enlightenment, does the bird justice. Its original meaning was similar to that of an anthology, the gathering of excerpts from various sources to form a literary compilation.
What can be used for one thing can be applied to another; this has been used to depict plants, as the Latin word suggests. There is the noteworthy example of Banks Florilegium, 743 botanical line engravings, Wikipedia writes, “of plants collected by Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander while they accompanied Captain James Cook on his voyage around the world between 1768 and 1771.” Thus, it comes as no surprise that this method can be applied in other ways (photography) and to other living things (birds) found in Nature.
Aesthetica writes: “The image was photographed in Madagascar, Tahiti and Singapore and is representative of a Florilegium landscape; a Latin term reconfigured in the Middle Ages meaning ‘to gather botanicals.’ ” It adds: “McGlennon has created a Florilegium landscape from the Age of Enlightenment. Florilegium#1 was composed with multiple photographs. The Macaws in their glamorous poses are surrounded by a landscape of stunning beauty. Each feather holds faint reflections making the birds appear luminous against their utopian backdrop. A soft breeze could be imagined to swiftly ruffle the feathers and disturb their perfect form. Your eyes make their way from the Macaws down to the branch on which they are resting. One bird looks to the camera more inquisitively than the other. Adorned with an opulent floral arrangement, the mixed flora adds vividness to the scene as purples, greens and speckles of orange gently navigates gaze. The shadowing that envelops the floral arrangements accentuates the crisp forms and brings depth to the work making the atmosphere tangible and easy to sense.”
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