While browsing on Pinterest, I found a photo collage unlike anything I’d ever seen before. I was shocked when I discovered that the artist, who I later found out to be Brit-born Ben Giles, is a mere twenty. Don’t you just hate it when you find out people younger than you are doing such incredible things?! Although young, he has already developed a distinct style. His subject matter is diverse, ranging from politically-charged photos to nature shots. He often juxtaposes an old black and white image with bright, vibrant cutouts.
I figured that his use of colorful cutouts had something to do with the old meeting the new, comparing the past with the present, etc. But what I really wanted to know was the significance of the flower detailing, which by far is his most used enhancement.
In interviews, he has said that he isn’t interested in flowers as objects, but rather in what they represent. Inserting flower cutouts into his photos serves as a reminder that we are short-lived: we must blossom, grow, and strive to live as brightly and beautifully as possible.