The other week I stopped over at Paul Smith's to see what might have popped up on their bookshelves. I found this one beautiful picture book filled with saturated photos of flowers...
Ninagawa Mika is based out of Japan. She loves to photograph a wide range of subjects, but the saturated colors of her flowers are very engaging. The intensity and bleeding soft edges of color, much like saturated watercolors, feel like very vivid memories. I felt immersed in her view of the world; I didn't even care that some of these plants seemed to be cheap fake flowers. The book itself was made with very thick page stock and I had the urge to rip each page out and have them all up on the wall.
Ninagawa is prolific; she has over a dozen books published. She is represented by the Tomio Koyama Gallery, the same gallery that brought Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara to the world. I have no doubt we'll be seeing more of her. I also loved the goldfish on her website:
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