That variation within repetition is what drew photographer Luke Stephenson to the subject. It's what he's known for: photographing things that are similar but different, from show birds and ice cream cones to clown eggs. He once even spent a whole week documenting every cornflake in a single cereal box. So in , Stephenson began shooting his new photo book The English Rose.
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At first, he thought he'd plant one of each of David Austin's roses in his garden, then photograph them the next summer when they bloomed. Instead, the company kindly invited him out to their plant center near Wolverhampton to shoot theirs. He captured nearly 70 over the course of two summers. Senior rosarian Michael Marriott would bring a bucket full of stems to the barn where Stephenson worked, and then leave to fetch more while Stephenson shot the flowers against a sheet of bright blue paper taped to the wall a nod to s flower books.
Instead of stiffly plunking the stems in green foam, as florists do, he posed them more naturally—having a climbing rose come in from the side, or a bushy rose appear in clusters—so they'd feel alive. At the end of each day, Stephenson took the clippings home to his wife, his car suffusing with their fragrance—which, sadly, didn't make it into the photos.
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