Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Nature / Flowers

Beauty Erased

  • Photographer
    > Joson
  • Agency / Studio
    Joson Studio- Sf
  • Photo Date

To demonstrate the vast scale of human impact on our environment, already threatening up to one million species with mass extinction, I deconstruct the classic beauty of botanical images by manually developing the film — allowing the chemicals to develop only portions of each negative. As a result, only a fragment of each flower is revealed. These images were created using a large-format camera and 4X5 sheet film. (gelatin silver print, 24x36, edition of 6 and 2 artist proof)

Award-winning photographer joSon was born in the Philippines to a Filipino mother and an African American father. Sent to live with his mother’s family in Vietnam at age ten, he was educated in a Buddhist temple in preparation for becoming a monk. “I thought that was my calling long before I saw life through the viewfinder,” joSon recollects. “But the truth is, I have never left the monk-hood. I just left the temple.” Today joSon is a professional photographer based in San Francisco whose work is collected by an international list of clients.