Since the beginning of the flower project I looked everywhere I could think of for Lotus. I have always been passionate about Lotus and the century old stories and history behind them. It took two years and a nine hour drive, but I finally located a Lotus grower in southern Tennessee.
There is a very short window of opportunity for photographing Lotus since they only bloom from mid July to August. They are a fragile flower and the blooms last just a few days. I was very lucky to be able to get to the farm and gather a number of different Lotus to photograph. Transporting them was interesting, as they needed to stay completely wet once cut. Wrapped in soggy newspaper, I could only hope they would last until I got them to Atlanta and into a temporary studio I had set up.
I was fortunate that some of the blooms made it and I was able to capture them in many different stages. I could never tire of working with these magnificent blooms. The translucent quality of the petals and the lush pale colors made for beautiful intimate images. They are an elegant flower that lives up to it's rich history.