Wednesday, July 16, 2008

La Vie En Tulip




As I mention frequently, I am always interested in when vernacular or press photographs transcend the everyday to have some greater visceral impact. Sometimes it’s the subject, more often it’s the composition, and sometimes as in these photographs it’s a combination of both. And originality is always key. These three images, via London’s Daily Mail and AP, but uncredited, are pictures of the northern Netherlands in the middle of the tulip season. (Planted in the fall, the bulbs bloom in the spring, after which the land is cultivated for a rather more mundane crop of vegetables.)

A Google image search of “tulip fields” will yield plenty of mediocre pictures of this scene, but these, to me, have a conciseness and a lack of sentimentality which make them memorable.





7 comments:

Clare said...

Wonderful pictures. On first glance I thought they were close ups of some brightly coloured kilims. Thanks!

Sara said...

Amazing pictures. Those colours in agricultral fields are just surreal. I love it.

Christopher Paquette said...

amazing images!

Virginia said...

Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing these. My first visit to your site. I will visit often!

Melissa said...

I am especially attracted to the 2nd one.

Syd said...

Even with the title, it took me a few seconds to get what I was looking at. Absolutely great images.

Franziska said...

I've seen them from the plane and they look simply amazing. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us.