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This Photo Took 3 Months of Planning and 5 Hours of Arranging Flowers


“I Bloom For You” is a new photo in my series I Found The Silence. The idea was created in June 2018, and it was followed by 3 months of planning.

The main inspiration was to escape beyond the limits of everyday existence, somewhere where a man can be himself. Escape to a place where we meet ourselves in the purest way possible.

The photograph, as well as the entire series, features elements of nature.

In this particular artwork, it is the flowing river of flowers as the symbolism of freedom.

Our own liberation — that should never be taken from us. At certain times, the society we are living in is constantly trying to hold us back, criticize us, and limit us. We are judging individuals by our own tied up rules. An individual should always stay true to themselves, not allow themselves to be pushed to run away to abandoned places, out of the sight of society to be who he or she really is.

The Artwork “I Bloom For You” was created thanks to a huge support and cooperation of great people. The model I used was the talented young actor and friend Ivan Lupták. After long hours spent on searching, I found this breathtaking old Buick Electra 225 from 1963.

The entire floral arrangement was created by the skilled and handy florists from Provoní. The arranging of hundreds of fresh flowers took almost 5 hours.

The location we have chosen for the shoot was a stone quarry close to Prague in the Czech Republic.

For the whole scene we used lights from FOMEI. We used 3 battery lights of 600ws with different types of softboxes. The intention was to build quite heavy but poetic movie atmosphere.

The week before the shoot we were constantly following the weather forecast and it seemed it would rain the whole day. In the end, though, the rain combined with the sunset played a huge role in creating the most beautiful movie scene.

After the shoot, the great support and my foundation in the whole post-production process is the EIZO CG318-4K premium graphics display monitor.

Thanks to this equipment I am able to focus on the very detailed adjustments in the process of creating the fine art piece.

Altogether the time spent on this project from the very scratch to the final artwork took more than 350 hours.

A crop from “I Bloom For You” showing details of the photo.
A crop from “I Bloom For You” showing details of the photo.
A crop from “I Bloom For You” showing details of the photo.
A crop from “I Bloom For You” showing details of the photo.
“I Bloom For You” as a large interior print.

When I look back and think about how many great people I was able to work with during this project, it makes me feel like it was all worth it.

About the author: Martin Stranka is a fine art photographer based in the Czech Republic and am ambassador for the monitor company EIZO. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Stranka’s work on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Image credits: Behind-the-scenes photos by Milan Vopálenský