Pale Flowers in Shadow in a Whitewashed Urn, Lafayette Cemetery No 1, New Orleans
Still Life photograph of artificial pale flowers in a whitewashed urn from Lafayette Cemetery No 1 in the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana. Misshapen and oblique, looking like an object from a cubist painting, the urn feels primitive and disturbed creating a sense of disorder and dissonance. Black tones of decay infect the marble shelf, creep into the background of the image, and mark the urn with swirls of entropy. Other than the flowers the palate of the images appears to be a 19th-century albumen type photograph, emphasizing the sense of age and decline. Against this, a bouquet of flowers, pale and graceful, provide an elegant relief to the dissonance and decay of the setting. Tender tones of the shadow light provide a gentleness and harmony to the image.