About Anna

About Anna |

Anna realised her love of colour early in life, and her love of photography much later. By finally marrying the two, she discovered a visual world of colour, form and light.  

Background

She fell in love with photography in New York in 1979, shooting street scenes with her Minolta Hi-Matic camera. Returning to New Zealand she studied Photography and English, graduating from University of Auckland in the 1980s. She loves Nature and in the 1990s worked as a garden magazine photographer. During the 2000s, she became interested in macro photography. Gradually she ventured from “page” to “wall” and large format photography. And so Botanic Photos began.

Fine Art Flower Prints

Currently, Anna is best known for her signature Flower Artworks, which capture the transient beauty of flowers. Using a macro lens she shoots exquisite flower close-ups, and then shifts scale to print over-size. This inter-play of scale is an area of on-going interest. Anna has perfected her shooting and editing skills over many years, and now works with a digital “darkroom”; she edits her images mostly in Photoshop and sometimes Lightroom.

Her images are contemporary flower still lifes. The flowers are often shot against dark backgrounds to enhance tonal richness and offset their unique beauty. Sometimes the image of one flower alone fills the frame to make a hyper real statement. Anna is interested in capturing form as well as colour. Petals hold endless appeal for her with their variety and texture. She loves the sculptural petals of Magnolia grandiflora, the tissue like petals of Peonies and Poppies, and the more symmetrical petal formations of Dahlias.

Her on-going photographic practice is to find new ways to work with flora. The botanical world is her constant source of inspiration.

She shoots with a Nikon 600 full-frame digital camera with a Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Micro lens, which is a superb lens for close-up/macro photographs.


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