In Lieu of Flowers

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Portfolio details - In Lieu of Flowers

Photographer: Laurie Peek
Competition: Competition 17
Location: Tappan, New York, United States

In Lieu of Flowers by Laurie Peek

This portfolio is dedicated to my son Jackson and others I’ve known whose funerals I could not attend. It’s also for all those who've suffered the loss of a loved one. With this memorialising project, I draw on my long-time fascination with layers, abstraction, ambiguity and the natural world.

The images themselves are digital composites of flora, mostly from my garden, that I print as archival pigment prints on semi-translucent vellum. Hand applying gold and silver metallic-leaf gilding to the backs of the prints, creates a shimmering glow evocative of sacred art. Methodically rubbing the gilding onto the vellum and varnishing the finished results, reconnects me to the craft of film photography and makes each print unique.

Honouring my past significant relationships, and the grief of losing my child has been healing for me, and I hope is healing for others. These are the flowers I was not able to send.

The works are titled; For Jim, For Harold, For Gerald, For Adrian, For Laura, For Michael.


Finalist, Portfolio - Competition 17