I rarely post or even photograph things I made for friends so I don't really know why I decided to do it for the things I made for Flora. I guess I was flattered when Flora asked me to make her some rusty tin cans. It was at once strange but exhilarating to know that someone actually might really like MY trash.
I was in a bit of a conundrum as Flora and my style appears to be diametrically opposite. She is delicate, fine and aristocratic whilst I am rough, old and tribal. Flora assured me however that a Victorian kitchen can also be grimy and filthy. That's where this 3 cans would definitely belong.
I also decided I should make some cans with flowers in as Victorianly Indian way as I could make them. So I added some antique Flora prints to the cans and put in some dried flowers sprayed in french blue.
For good measure, I added baskets of coal and wood and a stacked pot of almost dead plant, hoping to marry my Indian with her Victorian in even more ways. And as I shot these pictures in late September 2010, I finally discovered, after almost 2 years of photographing my minis, I could take ambient pictures just by placing a white light in front of the subject matter.
I was so excited at how much my pictures have improved that I have been wanting to post these pictures since that day in September . These gifts however decided to arrive in Italy only in January this year. Flora made them her 1st post for 2011. And so shall I, albeit with far less poetry.
To make up, I shall leave you with one of my favourite sayings about gifts.
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift, that's why we call it The Present.