By: Christopher Beane
We all know and love coffee table books – huge, heavy, eye candy pieces – a collection of which is designed to tell you more about the coffee table’s owner than the subject matter being exploited within the covers of the books. Many people would describe Flower as a coffee table book, but I would take exception with this. I would call Flower a nightstand book because I cannot think of a better way to begin and end any day than by perusing the pages of this book. Flowers are easy subject matter from which to create truly beautiful photographs, but Christopher Beane takes this art form to a level unattainable by most. I have NEVER seen flower photography like the pictures exhibited in this book. The odontoglossum on page 80, the kale on page 113, the Faberge Egg on page 111, the Double Cyclamen on page 41 and Forrest with Bittersweet Vines on page 9 are the kind of art that begs to be viewed daily.
Christopher Beane was a starving artist fresh out of Rhode Island School of Design when he moved to New York City in 1993 and found work at New York’s Wholesale Flower Market. Each day he arrived at work by 4:00 AM, selected his subject matter for the day, stored them away until his shift was over at noon and then retired to his studio/apartment to practice his art. For six years, he selected plant material that piqued his curiosity or fed his artistic cravings. His classical training as a portrait photographer combined with the passion that was borne in him from his years at the flower market have produced a collection of horticultural art organized within the covers of this book that will entertain, impress, stimulate and inspire for a lifetime.