Hawaii or Las Vegas?
If I’m not mistaken, this might be plumeria? I love the fresh plumeria in Hawaii. But this shot reminds me of Las Vegas. The reason is that just about everything about this photo is fake, and yet it has a weird, interesting form of beauty all it’s own. The flower is not truly plumeria, and it’s not in Hawaii… In fact, it’s not even a real flower. It’s a silk flower that I captured with my Windows Phone in the aisle of a local craft store in Michigan. The background is the back side of a new sketch book I was buying (and which I held behind the flower with one hand while I used my other hand to snap the shot with my phone). When I got home, I cropped the photo, turned the contrast way up and raised the light tones to wash out the grain of the woven silk. It took me about 30 seconds to capture the shot, and about 4-5 minutes of post-processing to settle on this image.
Going to Las Vegas, with it’s fake Paris, fake Venice, fake New York, fake Egypt, fake Medieval England, and fake ancient Rome, not to mention crazy magic shows and fantastic shows like Circ du Soleil, is a surreal experience. Great expense is incurred to approximate a stylized reality, but nothing is real. If you don’t look too close you can easily lose yourself in the pretense, and in the process create your own reality on top of the artificial canvas Las Vegas provides. But like this picture, if you look close, you can still see the fraying edges.