This photo launched me into a series of roses in split tones and b/w. The series explores the petals in more detail and covers the aging rose…
IT WAS A VERY GOOD LIFE
Roses have a rich and colorful history dating as far back as 35 million years ago. The pink rose was the dominant species of wild roses and thought to be one of the earliest roses in existence. Pink was also the color of rose depicted in some of the earliest known pieces of art.
I read that during the fifteenth century, the rose was used as a symbol for the factions fighting to control England. The white rose symbolized York, and the red rose symbolized Lancaster, as a result, the conflict became known as the “War of the Roses.”
During the 17th century roses were in such high demand that royalty considered roses or rose water as legal tender, and were often used as barter and for payments.
This 35 million year old flower is still one of the most popular ways to say “I love you” or express appreciation or congratulations. Its fan base is worldwide and I can’t imagine a day when roses won’t conjure up images of beauty and love, elegance and refinement. On the other hand, there is the Kevin Spacey movie ‘American Beauty’ …. hmmm…
ROSE PETAL RIDE …. Curves that carry you like waves in the ocean…. the bounty of nature never ceases to amaze and delight..
WE BELONG TOGETHER