We all know some of the best photos are taken spontaneously, capturing a fleeting moment. But others take months of intricate prep and planning – not least of which is this stunning shot, which included over 5 hours of flower arranging.
The photo is entitled “I Bloom For You,” and is part of a series by photographer Martin Stranka, called “I Found The Silence.” The inspiration behind the picture came from “nowadays society,” with Stranka explaining it is about “escaping from life to abandoned places where we can be yourself, and not be judged by others.”
Pictured is a 1963 Buick Electra 225, with flowers pouring from both the trunk and the interior. Stranka says the flowers are a symbolism of freedom. It’s about finding a place at which we can be ourselves, without societal constraints. The arrangement consists of several hundred flowers – taking just shy of five hours - and is the handiwork of the florists from Provoní.
With the shoot taking place in a stone quarry close to Prague, Czech Republic, it features young local actor Ivan Lupták at the wheel. If you’re wondering about the lighting set-up, that comes courtesy of FOMEI. Three battery lights of 600ws were used, with various types of softboxes.
Naturally, with any outdoor shoot, the weather is always a critical factor. The team lucked out; while an initial forecast had rain scheduled, the light rain on the day fused with sunset created a dramatic skyline which complemented the set.
Including planning, executing, and the post-production work on this shoot, Stranka estimates around 350 hours were spent constructing the final product. “When I look back and think about how many great people I was able to work with during this project,” he says, “…it makes me feel like it was all worth it.”
Stranka began taking photos after suffering the loss of his partner 11 years ago. Since then, he's racked up over 85 international photography awards. You can see more of his work at his website and Instagram.
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