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By Nick_w      
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.

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PinkK 9 80 1 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 9:22AM

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mugshotmyk 7 3 9 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 9:27AM
Beautifully portrayed and so very feminine in shape and form. A delightful image.
parob 7 3 74 France
8 Jan 2013 9:43AM
Stunning shot, to say the least! Why? Because of its power to catch my attention and imagination through, as you put it, its abstract feel. Photography can be many things, to be sure, but when it manages to freeze objects in time, it goes beyond the ordinary dimension into a realm that is at the frontier between the real and imagination, and it is through this propriety that it becomes art. Nick, I want to thank you for your preamble. It is so revelatory of the way many of us visualise the geography proposed by photography's humanistic incursion into the world that surrounds us. Congratulations,
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
8 Jan 2013 9:55AM
Excellent lighting
Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 11:47AM
Worth all the knob twiddling! Smile

Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
8 Jan 2013 12:28PM
You got it...another Mapplethorpe fan here. Irving Penn Still Life is worth a look too!
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
8 Jan 2013 12:32PM
Now that is a surprise Pete - I really am shocked Smile, yes I always loved his flower images, they were different, they weren't "just" flowers he used shape and form, so to have this recognised really means something(and it's one of the few my wife will let me have on the wall),

I've seen some of Penn's work, but not really looked in detail (I will put that right straight away).

Once again a big thanks Smile
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
8 Jan 2013 12:46PM
This is a marvelous.
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 12:57PM
Congrats on the EC Nick. No shock to me. The mood created by your lighting and processing is beautiful and totally sympathetic to the subject. I love the way that you can see that petal through the overlapping one at the front.
BydoR9 7 9 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 1:16PM
It looks like the figure of a woman in a dress - fantastic, great work Grin
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
8 Jan 2013 1:44PM
Simple and effective, just how I love it. Wonderful idea, well done.
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
8 Jan 2013 2:01PM
Thank you everyone, as I mentioned earlier, I'm really happy how well this has been received. I've been trying quite a bit to get my still lives right (most never reach EPZ). Smile
LesF 11 182 9
8 Jan 2013 2:29PM

Quote: I just "twiddle the knobs"

Yeah we belief you. Another goody this Nick, congrats on an EC double

Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
8 Jan 2013 3:16PM
LOL at Les.

Thanks everyone
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
8 Jan 2013 5:09PM
Outstanding, fabulous--
p12owe 5 101 2 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 6:06PM
Fantastic... maybe we could set up a date with one of my tulips!Smile
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
8 Jan 2013 6:57PM
a beautiful image, just the right amount of light, perfect.
Eviscera 12 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 7:01PM
Deconstructions a great start mate. (Specially when you get back into dms) Wink

Works well a simple tune.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 8:58PM
Amazing work - loved your write up
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
9 Jan 2013 9:38PM
Congratulations on the Editor's Choice Award, well deserved.
dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 9:14AM
This is an excellent concept and piece of work Nick, deserves the awards.

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
14 Jan 2013 9:38AM
No surprise there on POTW, Nick.
Well done
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
14 Jan 2013 10:33AM
I know Coles not surprised, but I am, big thanks Pete Smile Smile

Ironic, I've just got the prints back from my last POTW, they look stunning, this is one of the few my wife wants a print of.

Thanks to everyone who has commented / voted on this, I wasn't expecting anything as its a big departure from my usual work.
LesF 11 182 9
14 Jan 2013 10:40AM
Congrats on POTW Nick
jimpy 6
14 Jan 2013 12:03PM
A beautiful photo Thanks for sharing the tech info also. I am a beginner just experimenting with
B&W so was very helpful
14 Jan 2013 1:05PM
A great image, I first thought this was of a sculpture.
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
14 Jan 2013 1:10PM
Thanks Les, Geoff & Dave

Geoff - For monos, I now use Silver EFEX - but its very siilar to the style I used to get in Photoshop. One bit of advice is dont be affraid of true black (and very dark greys) and Pure White.
chris-p Plus
12 67 England
14 Jan 2013 7:37PM
Congrats Nick..
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
14 Jan 2013 10:15PM
Very well deserved Nick this is oustanding and very sensual too . I too am a beginner in B/W but i love it (not you obv the other guy Geoff lol)

bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
15 Jan 2013 5:41AM
great work
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
15 Jan 2013 7:24AM
Exquisite!.....Well done on the POTW, very deserving.

derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 9:56PM
Congratulations on the POTW Nick. A great shot and very deserving.
16 Jan 2013 5:32AM
so simple.......... so beautiful!
16 Jan 2013 10:41AM
mondmagu 8 75 Ireland
16 Jan 2013 12:39PM
Superb detail and composition.Looks perfect in b+w.

One day, if I try really hard, I may get somewhere close, What a superb photograph!
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
18 Jan 2013 8:10AM
Congratulations on Image of the week, superb. Naked mono Nick.
Tibetan 6 3 England
20 Jan 2013 11:48PM
Well you do not know me! some times I think it is just as well for some!, this photograph in a way some's up what I am all about! simple astounding yet the essence of art! people with camera's prance around, big lenses and big idea's hundreds of votes, but you are only as big as we make you! I am not referring to you, the self appointed critic's that put others down and destroy their artistic attempts, purely for their own ends. I congratulate you on the fact that you have achieved with simplicity what others will never achieve, a flower! a nude female a sensuous figure! that is an achievement in it'self! there are not many on here that can do that!you have my sincere regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin think wisely God Bless.GrinWink
17 Mar 2013 7:28PM
i love everything of this shot, the sensitive tribute to Mapplethorpe rearranged in a very personal way.
Really: congrats !!!!
weez 5 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2013 4:58PM
This truly is sensual! Very clever and a beautiful image.

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