Boris Grozdanič Gorjan's roses remind us of the beauty of transience

Updated: 3 days ago

The flower of love par excellence, quoted by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet, also used by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in The Little Prince to represent pure and eternal love.

An ancient symbolism of great importance, so much so that it first appeared alongside Venus in Roman mythology, then the Virgin Mary in Christian iconography and in the Divine Comedy as a symbol of spiritual love.

A Rosaceae family member made up of around 150 species, its symbolic meaning is closely linked to its structure and colour. It is a symbol of the sweet and scented love that is only given to those who have the courage to face the impervious thorns that cover its stem, representing youth and femininity, but also the transience of life and rebirth.

This is the subject of the Roses series by Slovenian photographer Boris Grozdanič Gorjan, who captures the allure of natural beauty through very simple and highly figurative shots.

A neutral background and one, or at most two, rose petals in a 50x50 frame; an iconography reminiscent of the style of the Italian arte povera movement.

Simple photos of great visual impact that reveal all Boris' love for the natural element and the amazing details that we can find even in a simple petal.

A readily available element, which we can almost define as an ''everyday'' element and which thus clearly places the observer face to face with the real demonstration that very often it's not so much the subject as the way in which it's represented that arouses wonder and curiosity.

It's well known that nature is a perfect harmony that offers breathtaking images and landscapes, but in today's society not everyone and not every day is able to take the time to carefully observe a natural element and so when we observe a flower we are impressed by its bright colour or inebriating scent, forgetting to notice the smallest details that distinguish it.

Boris's photographs, instead, bring the viewer into close contact with the engineering magic of the botanical world and tell and remind us of the extraordinary transience of life.

The countless veins expanding with mathematical precision over the entire surface of the petal take on a reddish hue, the edges curl and the now darkened nail tell us that what we see is a dried petal.

We know that there is no more scent or sap flowing through those veins, the petal has been cut off and has lost its nourishing source, but its beauty remains untouched and almost crystallised, reminding us that there is beauty in life, but there is also beauty in death.

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