Author(s): Warwick Orme
For photographer Warwick Orme, Floranova is a culmination of a lifelong interest in photography and a passion for the beauty of flowers. His images are unique, conveying his personal passion for and knowledge of his subject. Now with the use of cutting edge photographic technology and lavish format, Orme has taken the traditional floral still-life into breathtaking new territory. Shooting and cropping close, he captures exquisite details of stamens, pollen, nuance of colour and pattern with all the analytical fervour of a botanist. Back-lighting adds a surreal translucency that illuminates the spirit of the subject as well. Glowing blossoms explode in super-saturated colour while the soft pale hues of fragile blooms are evocative of the subtlety of watercolour. Orme refers to his radical floral portraits as digital watercolours.
From the age of 12 years, and motivated by an inspirational school art teacher to 'go out there and take pictures', Warwick Orme has always had a camera in his hands. After leaving school, Orme worked for Sydney photographers before departing for the UK. He stayed on in London for three years working as a freelance fashion photographer for some of the country's top women's and style magazines. On returning to Sydney he continued his fashion and still-life photography, but became increasingly interested in following his passion for flowers and plants, eventually pursuing this fulltime and building up the body of work he calls Floranova.