Artist and photographer Qi Wei took apart real flowers to create this stunning photo series titled “Exploded Flowers”: each bloom is deconstructed into its individual bits and pieces, from the stamens to the pistils to each and every petal, and then laid out for the camera.

The simplicity of the photos is the first thing you see– every flower is instantly recognizable, even when pulled apart, and each part rests on nothing but a white background. Inspired by Todd McClellan’s Disassembly series (remember the machines exploding into pieces?), there is something so compelling to the eye about the carefully placed flower pieces. How lovely.

From Qi Wei’s website:

This is a new series I have embarked on – exploded flowers which are images that show the radial symmetry of flowers, and also individual floral components.

The act of disassembly (I hesitate to use the term dissection because this series is not meant to be a scientific treatise) lays bare the various shapes and textures of the flowers, and what is interesting to me is how much more expanded some flowers can get when they are disassembled – the relative surface area to size of a rose is so much greater compared to a larger flower like the sunflower.

You can even buy prints of these photos here, and I imagine that they would look amazing, grouped together on a wall in different square frames. The exploded gerbera and roses are beautiful, and the chrysanthemum petals are mesmerizing. [Via My Modern Met.]

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