Honorable Mention / 2018 / Fine Art / Still Life

Orchid Art

  • Photographer
    Patrick Desgraupes

Orchid Art is a portfolio of highly stylized orchid portraits. The
flowers removed from their natural environment are shot in the
studio on a white background. The unusual angle of view, the light
that carves shapes, and the different photographic techniques used
reveal the anthropomorphic nature of orchids whose size sometimes
exceeds no more than 2 to 3 centimeters.
These photographs are born from the desire to work in a minimalist
way on the stripping of the real, in the manner of the techniques of
Sumi-e and Zen, with this intimate ambition to reveal through the
purest possible line, the essential, the meaning of things. A lifetime
of work of letting go, to be where the meaning is found without
looking for it.
Thus, these beautiful orchids in their elegance and lightness thus
deliver the key of the secret passage to our inner freedom.

Patrick Desgraupes is a French photographer. He has trained on the job in different Parisian studios and in labs, in which he acquired an understanding of light, one of the strong traits of his current works. He made photographs of portrait, fashion, decoration, architecture and still life. His work has been published since 2004 at Editions de la Martinière in numerous magazines and brochures. He has become a recognized landscape specialist in the 4x5 inches large format camera, and his work has been published in the USA and in seven European countries. He has made numerous exhibitions in Iceland, Belgium, France for the National Parks of France and the Ministry of Ecology, in Slovenia, on the island of Reunion and in Guadeloupe. His photographs testify to his passion for light.
He currently lives and works in France.
He is a member of Icône Studio in Paris.