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Artistic Expression of the Orchid

Most artists focus on the saturated vibrant colors of their floral studies which can confuse the eye. My focus is on two complementary colors – black and white. Black and white photography is cleaner, and a good image can enhance the subject’s features – shape, lines and textures – the focus of my artwork.

The orchid is the most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the delicate, exotic and graceful orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength.

In 2004, I created these three orchid images for my Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival exhibition.

The images “Flowers do Speak to You” and “Lady Slipper Orchid” were created in my studio. To create the translucent look for “Lady Slipper Orchid”, I used a back flash. The image “Untitled Orchid 1” was created at 2004 Southern Ontario Orchid Society Show. When creating these images, I focused on the artistic expression of the flower.

Can a Black & White Photographic Artist be recognized at Flower Show Art Exhibition?

At the 2005 Southern Ontario Orchid Society Show, I submitted these three orchid images in the photography competition section. All other submissions were color photography. I was honored to be awarded all three awards for the competition.

By Dale Reid

Contemporary fine art photographer Dale M Reid took charge of her destiny by making a commitment to herself and her life partner and soulmate.
Reid’s belief in herself has allowed her to chart a new course in life as a full-time professional artist and transgender woman. As Dale transitioned through her new life journey, she developed technical skills, questioned convention, trusted her instincts, and with her passion, was able to craft a distinctive artistic voice. Her artwork ranges from classical to sensual to erotic and engages the viewer to question what they see.

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