Daria Panichas

Seeing Stars

Seeing Stars

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 form of the bloom floated off the background and morphed into something else that gave the viewer endless room for interpretation. I was immediately smitten, and have since spent countless hours happily applying wrong settings to other natural objects, 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.