Diane Kaye’s website, http://www.fineartbotanicals.net/, features only camera-less work. Each photograph is a contact print. A light or moving light beam is directed on the object, which is then recorded on black & white photo paper, or to a digital file via a scan head.
“These subjects, most of them from my garden, are so complete in themselves that the use of software processing is restricted to the digital equivalent of darkroom printing techniques. All other distortions or effects are achieved naturally in a single exposure. I honor all stages of the plant cycle from seed or bulb to beautiful crispy dried old age and I freely exercise my right to surgically operate on my subjects, in the service of a new fierce type of aesthetic. I feel passionate about smeared colors as subjects move, over time.”
“Working with plant specimens calls forth feelings of respect and wonder in me. And if I ‘lean on them’ in just the right way, they begin lending themselves to varieties of emotional expression beyond the traditional beauty-aesthetics we might otherwise associate with them. This isn’t your old grandmother’s bouquet. Far more is possible, as these graceful forms yield their secrets.”
“The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him”. Auguste Rodin