Black and White
I have thought of designing this piece with the beautiful Pina Colada chrysanthemums in the spirit of the time we live in. The way the new normal is starting to take its ground, in the midst of all the changes that are constantly happening in our lives, wherever we are, there is more and more of a tendency to see everything in black and white.
White marks off the presence of all the colors while black suggests the voice for all absent colors. Black and white are only strong because of all the colors in between, which are the greys. This piece was designed to be photographed by playing with the element of light and all the shadows that occur after. It highlights the beauty of black and white through the greys, the actual infinity of colors that lie in between.
Resistant, Delicate, Fragrant, Enchanting
Mum flowers are very widespread throughout the world; it is only natural that the meanings of the chrysanthemum are quite diverse. Chrysanthemums are, without a doubt, some of the most present flowers in the autumn months, being resistant, but also delicate, fragrant, and enchanting.
In my country’s culture, for example, the chrysanthemum is considered a funerary flower, yet for me, personally, this flower brings back, through its unique scent, a memory of a very happy childhood, spent with joy and innocence in my grandparent’s back yard. Colors, though having a universal meaning, are deeply connected to the personal experience.
Life Isn’t Black or White
In these uncertain times, when the world seems more painted in black than ever, let us not forget the white - the good and pure; let’s keep in mind that life isn’t black or white and in the face of adversity, choose to be inspired and create, by being very mindful of the greys.
The biggest challenge for us is to create a world where brighter perspectives are not only necessary but can also restore our faith in humanity.
Diana Toma, EMC
Chrysant Pina Colada
Photos by Alex Mateiu Visuals