Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Fine Art / Still Life


  • Photographer
    Richard Butchins
  • Technical Info
    Not Disclosed
  • Photo Date
    July 2020

While searching for a metaphor to use about disability which could resonate with everyone regardless of the level of interest in disability. I alighted on cut flowers and Vanitas. The purpose of Vanitas paintings was ‘Memento Mori’outwardly an expression of luxury and wealth, it was actually about the transient and fleeting nature of life and the possessions therein. It was considered the lowest form of the painted arts. The portrayal of the ‘perfection’ of the human form was the epitome of artistic expression. How apt then, to use Vanitas as a metaphor for the disabled body.