By Tito Prato.

The Artichoke

By Tito Prato

Nikon D800; 60mm macro lens; f/5; 1/100; ISO 200 with ring flash.

It represents the artichoke section on a black background. The use of the ring flash increases the contrast.

Don’s response

Images such as this one from Tito Prato often remind me how often we take photography’s special power to capture the ephemeral flashes of beauty we encounter in everyday life.

What could be more ephemeral than a sliced artichoke heart that has clearly reached the point where it is fit only for the compost?

And yet, even in its decaying state there is something softly melancholy about those loosening folds and that delicately beautiful mauve heart.

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