If you love art and you love flowers we think Smith and Boyd might be just the perfect mix of two for you. It’s a collaboration between photographer Bruce Boys and artist Tharien Smith that managed to encapsulate the beauty of flowers and ice and nature in such a unique way that it would be criminal to just say it’s photos of flowers. It’s art in the purest form and once you see it you’ll immediately want to get some of these photos to hang in your home.
Bruce Boyd is a genius self-taught photographer living in Cape Town. Most of the time he works as a freelance commercial photographer but he’s managed to get his work showcased in several small exhibitions.
Tharien Smith is Bruce’s girlfriend. She’s an artist and a graphic designer. She originally graduated from college with a Textile degree but has spent most of her career working in various different creative projects. She has designed furnishing fabrics, ceramic tiles, various decorative graphics. Tharien just loves being a multi-skilled artist and creating beautiful things in various forms.
What Tharien and Bruce managed to create in their collaboration is beautiful in its simplicity yet showcases the complicated things in nature. They spent a year taking pictures of various flowers frozen in big blocks of ice
According to Bruce and Tharien, in the end, their process was to freeze flowers in plastic containers overnight and then photograph at dawn in the closest pool or stream or even a puddle.
When asked why they chose to freeze the flowers they say that ice is just a unique medium:
“We find it fascinating that ice can preserve something and at the same time also enhance or distort the beauty of it. For a few fleeting moments, we are treated to this preserved beauty, the past encapsulated perfectly, before the ice melts and flowers wilt. “