Saelon's Studio

Sunflower Series
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Johanna
Steve
Jim
Bessie

Marie Julius
Anabelle
Debra

Erik
Kathy
Jack
Saelon

The sunflower series began while I was at a photography workshop in Virginia City. A friend asked me to photograph her; the fake sunflowers were picked up on impulse. As I was releasing the shutter, I realized I was following a cliché, and began to wonder what kind of fun I could have with it if I really pursued it. I asked everyone at the Art Center to model for me in the same way - male, female, teacher, student, director, caretaker, drop-in visitors, and even pets. I placed them all in the same setting, and gave them all the same flowers, but let them come up with their poses from there. It was all in a spirit of fun and playfulness, but in the end I find that the project does have a tiny bit to say about male/female roleplaying and individuality. 

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