First I would like to thank everyone for the response on my last two images, I can't tell you how much it means to receive so many accolades, both in site and user awards.
Now to something completely different, at least for me, and I would suspect with an appeal to those who would not normally be interested in my work (& visa, versa). Let me explain, when I decided to take time out from photography (yea right, it actually spurred me on) I wanted to get back to basics, strip my photography bare. I had started to over complicate my work. I remembered a series of images I had seen many, many years ago (20+) when I still used film from the late Robert Mapplethorpe
. A word of warning please don't Google him from work! Whilst most of his work is controversial, for me some of his other, I guess more personal work is what stood out. Along with that other twisted sole Bob Carlos Clarke they are are two of the photographers who fired my love of Black and White photography.
I didn't just want to portray "a flower" and tick that box, I wanted an abstract feel almost sexual in nature (hence the title)
For the images I used just one strobe, triggered off camera with a strobies softbox, held very close, right slight back lighting. I have a black card which I attached to a wall with blue tack. Me been me, it is more complex than first sight, I wanted maximum detail, front to back sharpness - so it is focussed stacked (manually here, later I managed to get software to do it). I'm very happy with the images I have to date, some are different indeed, that I don't think I've seen the like of before, but more of them on another day (and they will deffinately polarise opinions).
I honestly can't remember the flash settings, as I just "twiddle the knobs" until I get the exposure I like, it was probably about 1/32 power.
I will see the project through (I only have 2 more to do anyway - out of a series of 6) and maybe I will put them in my PF, maybe just put them on my website, which is in desperate need of an overhaul.