12.3.12

the dreamlife of roses

This weekend I visited the flower markets on Avenue Road. As usual, I was overwhelmed by the roses, and although I was drawn to a few bunches of creamy roses with hints of bright pink along the petal edges, I chose as many white roses as seemed reasonable. They opened up so beautifully over the sunshine-filled days that followed, and I got carried away with taking photos of them using my Instax cameras (including the close-up lens I have for the Instax Mini, as well as some pink filters that I found). I don’t have flowers at home as often as I’d like to have them, and I have to document their sadly, tragically short lives (also, I was procrastinating cleaning my apartment, so there was that as well).

The flash, the colour and texture of the roses, and the hazy manner in which these sorts of photos scan combined to make them look ghost-like and so very far from perfect, qualities I am so fond of in flower photos.


PS:  Thank you all so, so much for your sweet comments on the redesign (I started to reply to each comment, but this seems far more efficient than a string of “Thank you”s)! I really did not expect such a reaction, because the change was so simple and straightforward—but I suppose that is the magic of good design: it appears effortless, invisible. And I fully expect that it will not be attractive to some people, but it’s all good. Thanks again, Kate.

PPS: The Dreamlife of Angels is a movie that I saw in a cinema on the day that it was released here in 1998, one that I keep meaning to re-watch.

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Pity I didn't run into you there - that would have been a funny first meeting. Us with all our roses!

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    1. One of these days, it's going to happen! It would be lovely if it were there (I'm usually illegally parked and wringing my hands over which ones to chose).

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    2. Ha! I'm usually wringing my hands over the #5 bus sched so I don't have to walk up the blasted hill!

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    3. HAHA I remember that feeling from when I lived on Balmoral!

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  2. Wow, these are absolutely beautiful, dreamy pictures! They fit in perfectly with your redesign, which is beautiful too. x

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    1. Thanks so much, for both compliments!

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  3. These photos are so, so pretty. I also wanted to tell you have much I love your new blog design. It's simple, clean, fresh and unadorned (in the best way possible). It's the kind of simple, stark (yet warm) design that I've always been most drawn to, and tend to always come back to when designing my own blog, or home, or whatever. It's perfect and beautiful :)
    xo, Natasha

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    1. I'm so glad you like the pictures and the redesign. That's exactly what I was hoping for, and so happy when Kate showed me her comps.

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  4. Oh my they do look dreamy & ghostly at the same time! I have never liked flowers that much because my mom always dinned it in my head that 'they are a waste' because they wither & die so quickly but you are changing my mind about that! :)

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    1. I think you probably live in a place where flowers bloom all year long, yeah? I don't! If I did, I wouldn't buy flowers as often, I don't think. I yearn for them!

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    2. Yes I do live in tropical country (India!) I love the clime here but always wanted to experience a proper fall, winter & spring.

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  5. I too take way to many pictures of flowers (who am I kidding, plants in general).
    These are very lovely pictures. Seem very fitting for white roses.

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    1. Thank you! And hey, keep it up!

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  6. Really, these are just such beautiful, beautiful pictures.

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  7. These are such beautiful pictures. Love.
    Hope you can take a look at my blog some time lovely!

    Kate {Something Fabulous}
    http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

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  8. I almost never use flash, but you've inspired me to try it out next time I have a nice bouquet of flowers in my apartment. Your pictures look magical.

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    1. Yeah! Flash is tricky but I think sometimes it can look really lovely, especially on film.

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  9. So romantic and feminine. I never get tired of pink roses. And love the new look, btw. :)

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    1. Thank you, and nor do I. So lovely!

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  10. So lovely! You've inspired me to to to the avenue road flower shops tonight for some floral therapy.

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    1. Oooh, hope you got something nice.

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  11. oh i so love flowers, but is so hard keep them alive for long time just with water ina vase, i try with all flowers that i buy, but is more easy with plants, flowers are so delicate I want have a huge garden and plant all kind of flowers.

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    1. Similarly, my dream is to have a huge greenhouse! Although I really don't know much about caring for flowers. It will have to remain a dream...

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  12. these photos are like a spring dream

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    1. "Spring dream" as a term makes me very happy.

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