Flowers from the garden of Rob Spruijt, well known painter of Tulips in the classic Dutch manner. In the spring of 2012, Rob invited me to join him in his garden as the Tulips flowered, to photograph them as he sketched during their brief time. Our intention was to show our work together, letting the paintings and photos comment on each other. Recently we brought our work together for the first time and hung it in Rob's studio so we could see the results.
Rob at work in the studio early in the growing seasonWhile I began to experiment with ways to present the flowersTulips are so beautiful it's easy to take a pretty picture - harder to comment at the same timeBut being in the garden for hours was an inspirationand the flowers will help you if you are very stillThe light changed every minute, really every second and the wind moved the compositions all the timeand the garden changed every week with new flowers coming up and the old ones witheringAt their peak the masses were beyond description.  What a challenge to do well.I made pictures inside Rob's studio as he began to paintRob creates a beautiful order as he works, doing it almost unconsciouslyand we share a formal approach to seeing that makes it a pleasure to shoot near himRob seen through the doors looking at the Tulipsmore experiments with the images and the beginning of some sucessEven near the end the flowers were beautifulearly paintings sitting on the easelThe beginning of the installation, pictures on the floor as we figured out where things would goRob installing the show in his studiowe mixed paintings and photographs of the Tulipsquite a number of people were confused by which were paintings and which were photographsNo question here but perhaps when the image is life size...