Kate Friend’s Botanical Portraits
Kate Friend is a British photographer best known for her still life work. Her latest project, Botanical Portraits, As Chosen By…, is a series of still-life images photographed in the homes, studios and gardens of notable creatives and public figures. “I approached a bunch of people I wanted to meet and asked them to choose a flower for me to photograph”, she says. “I shot their flower on location, erecting a temporary studio each time.”
Kate says this is a series “about place, about people, and about the way we interpret and adopt plants.” Kate asked each subject if they had a particular flower or plant they liked. “They didn’t have to tell me why, although often they did.” Sometimes a plant reminded the subject of someone or a particular time and place. Sometimes it was an evocative colour or smell. Sometimes a pleasing form or representation of the cycles of life. From Isabella Tree’s ragwort to Cosey Fanni Tutti’s euphorbia, the flowers people chose spoke of them.
Botanical Portraits is showing at the Garden Museum in London from June 11 – August 1 2021.
Dan Pearson, Dierama, Somerset
Cosey Fanni Tutti, Euphorbia, North Norfolk
Juergen Teller, Strawberry, Latimer Road, London
Margaret Howell, Hydrangea, East Suffolk
Vanessa Bell, Red Hot Poker, Charleston