Flower artist azuma makoto (@azumamakoto ) spends his time seeking out the mystery and hidden beauty of flowers and plants.
“the inspiration for my work always comes from the flowers themselves,” say azuma, whose botanical sculptures range from boutique pieces to large-scale installation projects. “rather than find my own voice, i listen to the quiet voices of the flowers and plants. the work starts when one understands what they are trying to say.”
with the flowers “changing moment by moment,” azuma says making time-lapse videos of flowers and his working relationship with his collaborator and photographer shiinoki shunsuke is essential to preserving his work.
“a still photograph can capture the moment but not the continuity, hence the need for the time-lapse work. depending on how the video is taken, it can show various characteristics of the flower, such as opening, moving and withering, as though the flower has a clock inside it,” says azuma.
“using flowers involves accepting their gift of life, so i always show my respect for this life in my art.”
photos and video by @shiinokishunsuke