Daria Panichas

Seeing Stars

Seeing Stars

“To understand the subject is to move beyond it being a mere object.” — Alex Bond

This series started with a beautiful mistake. When I was first learning how to use a camera in manual mode, I made a photo of a blooming meadowsweet plant—and because I was clueless, my settings were all wrong. However the settings resulted in a stark, high-contrast image in which the meadowsweet floated off the background and morphed into something new, otherworldly, and wide open to interpretation. I was immediately smitten, and have since spent countless hours happily applying wrong settings to other subjects, both in my studio and out in the wild.

Click on the images to see the full images and a slide show. The original meadowsweet is the first image.