etlingera elatior

The fun continues, with another post from my friend Jenny Downing making it into the pot for compositional review.

etlingera elatior

This is one of those images that jumps out, demands to be admired, yet takes deep study to understand. What is it that is so intensely appealing about it?

While the base subject is fairly easily identifiable, the limited depth of field and folded layers turns it immediately into an abstract. The complementary tones of green and red – trimmed with white – help emphasise this surreal feeling.

Considering only the background, for a moment, we find a balancing division in duo-tone: green an blow-out. While this would be good on its own, the framing leaf on the left side, reaching into the corner, creates a strong horizontal dynamic. It also acts as an anchoring element for the foreground subject.

Does such sweet subtlety count as still life, or very alive life?

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