Chicago Botanic Garden
23 April – 15 June 2014
Krehbiel Gallery, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, Illinois
+1 847-835-5440

New York fashion photographer Paul Lange first turned his lens toward flowers ten years ago and, in 2006, began documenting an idyllic farm near his Hudson Valley home. “Big Blooms” – one of four series in the “50 Acres Project” - depicts the style and grace of poppies, peonies, roses and other flowers, capturing the unique personality of each blossom in a formal portrait. Lange explains, “Working with concepts of size, scale and gesture, I coax each of my botanical subjects to display some whimsically anthropomorphic characteristic that evokes a feminine persona.”

The farm and garden estate, owned by acclaimed New York City florist Zezé, has also inspired the “Fowl Portraits,” “Paradisus” and “Disturbed Paradise” series, as Lange searches for new ways to relate to and represent the garden in his transition to fine art photographer from editorial and celebrity photographer featured in Vogue, Glamour, the New York Times and other publications.