Two for the price of one? Some flowers and a flip through the blog’s archive.

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Vase of red gerberas. Edited with Stackables and Snapseed to achieve "painterly" effect. Image: Su Leslie, 2016 Gerberas. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

The gerbera is such an uncomplicated flower; unburdened by deep metaphorical significance. Blooms like lilies and roses carry enormous cultural baggage, but with a gerbera, what you see is what you get.

If gerberas were characters in a genre movie, they’d be the under-valued, ever-supportive, wise-cracking best friend. The botanic equivalent of Thelma Ritter.

But of course, genre rules can be broken. The side-kick can become the star; mysterious and complicated. Can we re-imagine gerberas at the heart of a romantic tragedy; Brief Encounter, Love Story, Moulin Rouge?

Vase of red gerberas; edited with Stackables and Snapseed to achieve distressed paint effect. Image: Su Leslie, 2016“I’ve fallen in love. I didn’t think such violent things could happen to ordinary people.” — Laura, Brief Encounter. Image: Su Leslie, 2016. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables.

Close-up shot of inverted gerbera. Edited with Snapseed and Stackables to create distressed paint effect. Image: Su Leslie, 2016“I know that this is the beginning of the end. Not the end of my loving you but the end…

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