Julia Lazumirska

Vanity Fair

    The flower bloomed very magnificently on my windowsill one day, which inspired me to make a series of the portraits. Its extraordinary and defiant form led to an association in my head with the desire to attract too much attention to itself, causing a feeling of superiority.

 

   To emphasize vanity and even the manifestation of a certain amount of exhibitionism, I chose special foreshortening, filled the maximum space of the frame with the flower, placed it either in captivity of illusions, or scattered pollen like а splurge, symbolically used a mirror and shimmering foil.

 

     However, at the same time, I did not want to give the series a negative impression, because it is natural for a flower that blooms only once a year to have such a form. Moreover, there is a bright side to vanity, without a healthy dose of ambition it is impossible to develop. The timeless images of Robert Mepplethorpe's flowers came to mind, far from fragile and strong in their invulnerable beauty. I wanted to find a balance between the light and dark sides of vain and express it visually.