Blow Up is a series of large-scale photographs of exploding floral arrangements by Ori Gersht. They are based upon a 19th Century still-life painting by Henri Fantin-Latour.
About the project:
Flowers, which often symbolise peace, become victims of brutal terror, revealing an uneasy beauty in destruction. This tension that exists between violence and beauty, destruction and creation is enhanced by the fruitful collision of the age-old need to capture “reality” and the potential of photography to question what that actually means. The authority of photography in relation to objective truth has been shattered, but new possibilities to experience reality in a more complex and challenging manner have arisen.