Andrew Zuckerman is known for his creatures-on-white projects. He's done birds-on-white, musicians-on-white; this one, his newest, flowers-on-white, reminds me of a poem by Alan Shapiro, who also likes his flowers ferocious.
Shapiro's poem is about a sunflower, which he called "a crucible"...
"... from which flames burst with such sticky brightness that they suck sunlight down into the in- fluorescent burning pit of itself.
Did I say sunflower? Say, instead, don't-ever- mess-with-me. Say there-is-nothing- I-won't-do-to-live."
That's the kind of flower you meet in these videos — tough, voluptuous, but very quickly, like all of us ... dead.
Here's a medley.
Thanks to Maria Popova and her blog Brain Pickings for leading me to these flower videos. Andrew Zuckerman's Flower Project is on display here. He's also got a new book of flower photos. The poem I quoted from, by Alan Shapiro, is called, not surprisingly, "Sunflower." You can find it (in its original, much longer version) in his collectionTantalus in Love Poems.
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