Barbara Bordnick, one of Canon’s
Explorers of Light, is an award-winning
portrait, fashion and fine art photographer based in New York. Her images
have appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, the
New York Times, French Vogue and
Vanity Fair, among many publications.
Bordnick’s work is also in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the International Center
for Photography in New York City; the
George Eastman House in Rochester,
New York; and the Portland Museum of
Art in Maine. She has published three
monographs of her flower photographs:
Searchings: Secret Landscapes of
Flowers Vol. I, Vol. II and Vol. III.
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© Barbara Bordnick
It was the first day of spring, a gorgeous day, as I walked to the Midtown Flower District. I’ve been coming here for my
flowers, ever since the Takashimaya department store (which had the best florist in Manhattan) closed, as well as the florist
across the street from me on 19th Street. In the Flower District I saw these glorious violet anemones. Their black centers
were like eyes, staring at me. Because their promise of spring was so vivid, I had to buy them. For small subjects like this,
I shoot in my home studio, where I’ve been shooting for more than 40 years. It’s in the original Photo District, which is now
the Flatiron District.
I began photographing flowers in 2000 when a model didn’t show up (I forgot to book her). Because I didn’t want to waste
the day, I decided to photograph some lilies I had recently bought at the Union Square Green Market. My assistant quickly
changed the set. That first shoot led to an exploration of the exquisite landscapes of flowers. Both the subtle and abrupt
color transitions, the sensuous, erotic curves and forms, the mysterious caverns took me to a place I’d never before been. I
don’t have the same interest in photographing flowers in gardens or landscapes, and would rather control the lighting and
composition of a single flower in my studio in order to visit the intimate world I find with a close look at the petals, filaments
and all the little parts that make up a flower. This photograph was made with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II body and a Canon EF
100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. The sharpness and excellent color rendition of the Macro lens are essential to my exploration
of this world. From the start, I have chosen flowers that have a sensuous, emotional and graphic appeal to me, like these
Bordnick used a Canon EOS 5D Mark
II camera body. For this still, she used
the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
USM lens at in the studio.
“The sharpness and
excellent color rendition
of Canon Macro lens
are essential to my
exploration of this world. “