Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Fine Art / Special Effects

A Still In Motion: Orchids

  • Photographer
    Andreas Rothbart

The hierarchy of genres traditionally distinguished between art that made an intellectual effort to render visible the universal essence of things and art that merely consisted of mechanical copying of particular appearances. As the still life has historically occupied the lowest rung in this hierarchy, my desire was to elevate the genre and imbue it with an element of surprise. While some of the images bear similarities to botanical illustrations, I aspired to dig deeper than this superficial representation and reveal something about the objects’ essence and emotional subtext.