A warm welcome to readers both new and current.
My name is David Roddis, and I am a Toronto-based fine-art photographer.
As Florian Photo/Art I create extraordinary, large-scale, photo-based floral artwork that aims to astound.
I call this endeavor “The New Flower Photography”, an admittedly grandiose declaration which is a direct response to those who grit their teeth, roll their eyes, smile patronizingly or otherwise via their anatomy make it known that flower photography, to them, will ever be an exclusively amateur pursuit, utterly lacking in gravitas, and yielding nothing more than pretty snapshots destined for Flickr; that is to say, oblivion.
My monomania is also a response to those who do not understand either the concept or the value of pursuing one path with whole heart and single mind. They urged me to add a few landscapes or show some of your portraiture.
In the spiritual sense, and even from a simple niche-marketing perspective, they were, and are, wrong; for in the spiritual sense, it is a profound life lesson in commitment to take a single concept to its limit; and in the marketing sense, how else would I obtain my goal of being the go-to guy for flower images?
I began in 2011, with the purchase of a Nikon 105mm prime lens for my camera, an idea of “doing things differently”, and not much else to go on in terms of guidance, direction or encouragement.
I did, however, have a “secret mentor” – the NYC-based artist Christopher Beane¹, whose monograph “Flower” changed my perspective and my world.
Beane’s rapturous, larger-than-life photographs of orchids, peonies, irises, tulips, ranunculus et al. astonished me with their sheer scale; seduced me with their texture, detail and intriguing abstraction; and sparked my imagination with their quirky-beautiful backgrounds—Murano glass, nail polish (!)—playfulness and frank sexuality.
(I must hasten to add: I say “secret mentor” because Mr. Beane was never actually my real-life, in-the-flesh mentor but only indirectly, by means of his monograph; and because he is, I presume, unaware of my considering him my mentor, or for that matter, of my existence.
I imagine bumping into him in New York City, at the Union Square market, perhaps; or as he haunts 28th Street, Garbo-esque in dark glasses; I summon up a goofy-cum-psychopathic smile, gush at him about being my secret mentor, and watch, crestfallen, then horrified, as he backs away, slowly, slowly … A brief period in a holding cell followed by brusque repatriation to Canada completes the morbid fantasy.)
Many of the works seen on this blog are for sale. To purchase both limited-edition and open-edition prints, and for a full portfolio of my work, visit my main website, davidroddis.com
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Toronto, May 2nd, 2015.
¹ To view Christopher Beane’s work, visit his representing gallery,
Jim Kempner Fine Art.