Purple Passion Flower Inspiration

by Sheila Finkelstein on August 21, 2008

purple passion flower in ceramic bowl
Passion Flower in Ceramic Dish

I have a series of apple photographs I intended to start posting, following the peeling away layers of an onion. Then I got diverted and that’s OK. It’s all about giving ourselves permission to be with what is.

One of the biggest juices in my life is making discoveries and then, when they’re visual, documenting them with my camera. I’m always enthralled with the expanded discovery process that happens as I “pose” my subjects, either by moving them or by moving me and the angle of my camera. And then there is the excitement when viewing the photos on my camera monitor.

I’m often reminded of the magic that I experienced many times when a ceramic piece of mine came out of the kiln. I’d never know how the glazes might react. In the photograph above, the shimmering magic is more from the lighting on the dish and in the water, than from a kiln “accident. To see a full view of this dish and several other views of the flower, check out Sheila’s PURPLE PASSION FLOWER.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jdill August 22, 2008 at 8:19 pm

This color is absolutely pulsating! The foreground/background relationships are vibrating differently than each other
and seem quite otherworldly … magnificent, indeed. Yummy.


Sheila Finkelstein August 23, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Thanks so much for this “delicious” response, JD. I appreciate it.


Morgine Jurdan October 2, 2020 at 12:28 am

I grow my own more simpler version, white with purple accents. I LOVE LOVE LOVE yours and I found out they come in many Stunning colors! I like how you demonstrated our home work in one of your Amazing classes. How different something can truly appear just changing the background! Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for Creativity which I certain share with you.

Took a few…well many photos of a tomato I sliced for a sandwich the other day, savoring the textures and designs as much as the taste! It was huge from a friend’s organic garden, grown from seeds coming from a generations old plant grown in Italy!!


Sheila Finkelstein October 2, 2020 at 2:28 pm

Thanks for the acknowledgement and sharing your stories, Morgine. I love the way you described your photographing slices of the huge tomato as you ate it.


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