Capturing Moments in Bloom

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Carolyne Roehm & Simon Pinniger

Ms. Roehm’s first book, in 1997, was about flowers, but “Flowers,” her 11th and latest, features photographs she took herself. She first started getting interested in the medium through classes at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colo.

“I grew enamored with not only the fact that I wanted to capture my garden, but I fell in love with the process of photography,” she said.

Ms. Roehm believes that photographing gardens is challenging in particular “because of the light.” You have to either shoot either early in the morning, or late in the evening. She has found that “unless you’re one hell of a photographer,” garden photos are “not nearly as beautiful as what reality is.”

She is particularly interested in flowers because of their beauty. “I think flowers are magic,” she said. “Mother nature just gets it. When she does beauty, she really does beauty.”

When it came to a book party for “Flowers” at Carlton Hobbs on East 93rd Street, she tried to be untraditional. “Everyone and their goldfish has a book party,” she said. She asked an artist friend, Vladimir Kanevsky, whom she has been collecting since the late 1980s, to interpret some of the flowers she photographed in porcelain. In terms of fresh flowers, “I didn’t want to have a lot of them, because I didn’t want to detract away from his.” So she simply added a few carnations, a type of fauna she helped resurrect back in the 1990s (“when everyone was hating carnations”) and Christmas greens.

by Marshall Heyman for the Wall Street Journal

NY HEARD & SCENE December 26, 2012, 8:45 p.m. ET

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