Exploded Flowers by Qi Wei
Singapore-based photographer Qi Wei likes to pick apart flowers by hand and rearrange them, creating incredible works of art. Partially inspired partially by Todd McLellan’s “Disassembly” series, he disassembles in his series “Exploded Flowers” carefully popular flowers like the rose, lotus or orchid, and rearranges their components on a blank white canvas and then takes photos of them. The results are beautiful!
Qi Wei about “Exploded Flowers”:
“The act of disassembly (I hesitate to use the term dissection because this series is not meant to be a scientific treatise) lays bare the various shapes and textures of the flowers, and what is interesting to me is how much more expanded some flowers can get when they are disassembled – the relative surface area to size of a rose is so much greater compared to a larger flower like the sunflower.
Also, as a medium that captures a moment in time – which was made clear when I noticed dried gerbera petals after only a single night – the use of photography captures the beauty and intricacies of nature’s flowers in the moment of full bloom, and at the same time let you have a different appreciation of their beauty.”
All images © Qi Wei