Elusive Beauty of Decay

I was given a lovely bunch of paeony roses and white gerbera as a Get Well gift from my work colleagues.  Sadly sitting in the sun all day for a week, they are now past their best.  Before they went to their final rest in the compost bin, I wanted to try and capture some of the ephemeral beauty that still exists even as a flower slowly dies and withers.  I believe one term for this is ‘wabi sabi’ – info link

The above image was processed in Lightroom 6 and processed with some of Kim Klassen’s Still Life presets to capture the texture and detail in the edges and imply at the faded beauty of the former colours.

Then I took the same image into Photoshop, added some textures and some grunged up text that I felt appropriate.  CLICK ON EITHER IMAGE FOR BIG SIZE.

Did you see how even in decay this flower is still beautiful in its own way?

Comments and feedback always welcome!


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11 Responses to Elusive Beauty of Decay

  1. Beautiful work Stacey – I love the old faded blooms – they do say a lot.

  2. ardysez says:

    I love this. I often photograph dead things as there is a hash tag on Instagram called ‘lovely dead crap’ and some of the images are just gorgeous. I love living in the desert where so many things are dried or odd looking too. Thanks for sharing, Stacey. Have a peaceful holiday season and a healthy new year!

  3. loisajay says:

    I think it looks beautiful! Grunge is good!

  4. leecleland says:

    Beautiful art Stacey. Love the way the preset has brought out the sharp edges even more and the wording is spaced just right.

    • lensaddiction says:

      Thanks Lee, it was several stacked on top of each other but I also like the effect on the edges, makes them look crisp and crunchy.

      Spent AGES on the text so thanks for that too

  5. katieprior says:

    Beautiful photo, the decay makes it more interesting. Great processing too, it really makes the picture.

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