Emma Bass -The Modern Classicist -Amazing Botanical Photographs

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New Zealand photographer Emma Bass creates bright and modern yet painterly images of flowers in exquisite arrangements. That elusive artistic talent…flawless composition ….returns us over and over to her delightful imagery. Emma’s work has been widely exhibited in New Zealand and may be found in international private and corporate collections and she was the only New Zealander invited to exhibit at the Royal Academy’s 2016 Summer Exhibition, London.

It was such a pleasure to interview the talented artist for the blog, and we hope you enjoy learning more about Emma Bass’s work as much as we did.

 

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Tell us a bit about your background? 

I have always seen the world in a compositional way and through a lens. It all started while I was working as a nurse in London during the late 1980s. I did a photography course in Leicester Square and was completely hooked.  I came back to New Zealand where I properly trained for two years and started a career within editorial and commercial photography over a span of 23 years.

I’ve always loved flowers – they are my constant yet ever-changing muse.  As an art photographer who also worked in the milieu of glossy magazines, I became obsessed with finding the ‘perfect’ vessel to team with the ‘perfect’ arrangement. Then one day, a truth dawned. I uncoupled myself from this endless, fruitless search and began to capture reality.  This is when my first body of work Imperfect was formed.

 

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I see flowers as one of the most universal forms of beauty. Every culture celebrates them in some way – from the East where they are meditative offerings, to the West, where in the time of the Dutch Masters, they were symbols of wealth and status. They are also tokens of love and a natural expression of the environment. During difficult times, they are a reprieve. Some, like peonies, are impossibly beautiful. But because they bloom and fade so quickly, they are also metaphors of life and death.

 

 

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Your process for making your artwork?

In the body of work Imperfect, I found the freedom to no longer peddle perfection. I embraced emerging decay: the maligned, blemished and slightly broken. I paired flowers gathered roadside – including dandelions and cowslip grass – with blooms from friends’ gardens, and displayed them in preloved vases found on eBay. The images were shot not in a studio, but on a stairwell ledge within my home amidst the comforting chaos of family life. I noted the time each image was captured. The decline in the blooms is not obvious or pitiful, but subtle and seductive.  I found the beauty in the imperfect.

 

 

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Most inspiring photographer or artist? 

I have a house filled with botanical art, which I’ve collected from New Zealand and further ashore. I like to be surrounded by all flower forms and am interested in how other artists perceive the floral genre.

I love the work of English artist Ann Carrington who makes incredible sculptures of flower arrangements out of English silver cutlery.  Karl Blossfeldt did beautiful botanical studies in the early 1900s, and I love the Dutch Masters, which I’ve found inspirational for my second body of work Embellish.

In 2016, I had a work accepted into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London and while there I visited a Dutch flower still life exhibition at the National Gallery. To see these exquisite masterpieces up close in the flesh was quite a pivotal moment.

 

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Favorite historic house or contemporary design? 

I love the era of the 50s, the modernist era.  I live in a 1950s house and love the clean lines, the open spaces, and large windows that fill the house with luminous light.  I would love to own a Frank Lloyd Wright house in my dreams.

 

Trends in Decor -Enamelware

 

Enamelware is a beautiful tradition, bright colors, matte pastels with or without whimsical decorations from eastern Europe and the nordic countries. Great for kid’s rooms, kitchens whether modern or traditional and to add color to a neutral Scandinavian style. You can find vintage pieces in flea markets and more, although I suggest you use those for decorative uses only.

 

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Berry Red

 

 

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The Contemporary Home

 

 

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Berry Red

 

 

 

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Emporium Cook Shop

 

 

Wild Wolf and Inkoo

 

 

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Inkoo

 

 

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The Best Outfit Ever ….

Women’s style is constantly changing, and no matter your age some version of this classic look is an all time winner!

A flattering pair of jeans, feminine button down top and beautiful shoes, flat or high heels!

 

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Jeans with a blouse or button up shirt is a classic look with tons of variations, but it can be hard to get the combo just right, shoes, blouse, jean cut and a flattering assemble for your body type. Sometimes adding a body shape wear piece can make the look.

We think of shape wear as a special occasion undergarment but today there are so many great pieces that mold those curves just right and comfortably, adding beauty and confidence!

 

1. Pick jeans that flatter your shape…

 

 

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If that means 1 pair of more pricey jeans that’s okay. It’s better to invest in something you look great in –than to waste your money on 4 pairs that do not do you justice. Add a belt to show off your waist.

 

 

2. If you wish…. add Shapewear that you love

Try something that looks good if you catch a glimpse -such as when you were semi-transparent blouses, peaks through sweaters,  +  most importantly chose for comfort. Think of it less as hiding something bad, but a seduction of sorts, revealing a feminine foundation beneath..

 

The Lingerie Lesbian and Lena Lena Lingerie 

Try a sexy bralette under the shapewear in a contrasting color -strappy, halterback or lace, or if you need more support a underwire bra with detail, shimmer, maybe in a bright color . 

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3. Add a favorite loose but elegant casual button down shirt in any color

 

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Camilla Pihl

 

Remember this look is about more than a tight shirt….another option is 

Feminine blouse with detailed buttons, patterns or in delicate luxe materials or at least fabric that looks like it!

 

 

 

 

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4.. ADD SHOES……

 

Chia Mihara Shoes

 

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Glamour and comfort with Yosi Samra Foldable Flats….

 

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The New Luxe Decor -Design Ideas

 

The New Luxe Decor is all about elegance and a taste for the bold. Black and white with rich bursts of color and metallic elements. It’s truly traditional decor with an updated international vibe, think Studio Ko meets old world palaces….

Don’t get me wrong I will take blue and white stripes and cotton florals any day for that fresh off the beach look but I LOVE the grandeur of old world style. Fit for a Queen…

 

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We love Koket and their impeccable luxury styling..Style and classicism works beautifully in these two rooms…..

 

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Succulent opulence gorgeousness from Mia Fleur.

 

 

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A gorgeous crystal glass in dreamy smoke from Gurasu, pure luxury for that premium glass of wine.

 

 

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Noir and Blanc from Pooky.

 

 

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Smoked Tile, The Tile Company

 

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Oh Koket you make me feel like the only girl in the world…..

 

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