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Visit Karen's gallery in The River Arts District of Asheville, NC ~ Riverview Station Building, 191 Lyman Street #104
These amazing, vibrant red poppies were growing by the thousands on the side of a road in Asheville. In the rain, I parked my car and collected a soaked bunch of these delicate flowers to bring to my studio to (hopefully) photograph. I had worked with poppies before, and know how fragile they are. Their petals are easily damaged by the slightest touch and the stems cling to each other with their velcro-like hairs. I sometimes photograph subjects that are wet from rain, but these poppies were so weighted down from the water that they were a droopy mess, and needed to be dry to work with. After carefully drying each individual petal, I arranged them so as not to be too much in contact with each other. The resulting image reminded me of a group of dressed-up ladies, all whispering among themselves. So, I named it, “Poppy Cacophony”. I hope you enjoy this fusion of delicate form with bold red on black.