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Hurricane of Color
Photograph by Jonathan Blair

A multiple exposure at a florist’s shop in Perth, Australia, yields an impressionistic pinwheel from a bouquet of daisies. Photographer Jonathan Blair made eight exposures on a single frame of film, rotating his camera with each release of the shutter to create the kaleidoscopic effect. For humans, the flowering plant has long supplied nutrition, cotton for clothing, and wood for shelter and fire. Yet in the mind of the artist the flower truly blossoms, transcending its earthly post and offering a means to interpret and celebrate the world.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: 645 (large format 6 x 4.5)
Film Type: E100-VS
Lens: 80mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/25 @ f/4.5 using multiple exposures on a single frame
Weather Conditions: Dry
Time of Day: 8:30 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Filtered daylight
Special Comments: Tripod with custom rotating head. Polaroid film to test results.

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