Matt’s Met Flowers: Discovering Perfection

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
This week I had the chance to visit our photo studio [at the MET] and watch some of our objects being photographed. For years I have looked at the finished product, had a vague idea of the time it took to get the perfect shot, but never actually saw the process.

In a room with the most advanced digital equipment I saw the intended object. The perimeter was crowded with stands, clamps, reflectors and pieces of vellum. It was a halo in the form of utter chaos, the object in the center of it all with a light shining down. Placed upon a pristine gray backdrop, it was a spot of calm and composure.

Then the button as pushed, the flash blinding, and almost instantly the image of perfection appeared on the screen.

I went downstairs to enjoy my break and take photos in the morning. This week there are dogwood branches mixed with a green flower that I did not ask the name of – the green and hot red are almost the same value and they pop back and forth between negative and positive.

I looked at the flowers and realized that they live in utter chaos, days of people and noise swirling around them. And when I look closely, and can shut out everything around them, I find myself looking at a quiet perfection.