Artist of the Month: Bruce Boyd
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About Bruce Boyd
Carefully Bruce Boyd steps into lake’s cool water. He carries his camera in his right hand, in his left a block of ice with red hibiscus. He plunges the block of ice into the water and, once the ice begins to break, he begins to shoot. The process is fast. Some flowers break free from their icy mantle and slip away with the current in the blink of an eye, while others remain frozen, solid and still. With each passing moment, the flower’s composition changes. Bruce Boyd captures these changes and immortalizes the beauty of the hibiscus flower, and transforms it into a unique work of art.
The making of these photographs is complex and requires lots of preparation. First, Boyd and fellow artist Tharien Smith select the flowers, which they primarily seek from their own garden in Cape Town. Then, they arrange the flowers into beautiful compositions. After which the flower compositions are frozen into blocks of ice, a process that lasts several days. Roses, hibiscus, poppies - when considering motifs, Boyd and Smith look for strong colors with delicate forms.
For a few fleeting moments, we are treated to this preserved beauty, the past encapsulated perfectly, before the ice melts and flowers wilt.
Their work not only attempts to capture and immortalize the beauty of the flowers, but also a special, fleeting moment. Each of their artworks are snapshots of a beautiful motif that will vanish moments after the shot. A transient instant, where the block of ice dissipates, melts within the water, and releases its magnificent contents. Of course, the cracks and air pockets that develop during the shot are completely unpredictable, making each of their artwork’s products of careful planning, yet uncontrollable coincidence.
Boyd found inspiration for his 0°C series from Japanese artists like Azuma Makoto and Kenji Shibata, who have been working with floral motifs and innovative arrangements for many years. Though his greatest influence surely remains his childhood home. His mother would arrange flowers and his father would paint them. Throughout their house the walls were flourished with floral paintings.