This image was created from flowers that were scanned and manipulated with Photoshop.

NightBlooms are a series of digital art works that explore the space in which Nature and Technology collide, merge, marry and multiply. These are conceptual artworks in which I re-imagine, re-assemble and re-image the natural world, in a new visual world order. Nature newly unnatural - familiar yet unknown. These images are concerned much more with form, shape, allegory, visual and anthropomorphic relationships, composition and the emotional range of color than they are with flowers in a botanical sense, although without flowers none of them ever would have been made. They have a distant artistic antecedent in the works of Jan Brueghel the elder, who loved to paint flowers against a black background. They are more akin to paintings than to photographs.

These works are filled with time, seasons, forms, saturated colors and deep black space. From my garden I harvest what is blooming, budding, dying, colored, textured, warped or wonderful – depending on pre-conceived ideas for an image or natural inspiration. I scan these flowers, fruits, plants and vegetables using a flatbed scanner until I have the image or portions of an image that I want. In these works I use the scanner as a camera, shooting each “picture“ from below. Flowers are placed on top of the scanner with the scanner lid left open. I do a large number of scans until I have all of the picture elements I need for an image, depending on what the image, emotion and notion require to bring the picture to life. I then compose the images using Adobe Photoshop, a high-end image manipulation software program.


Mark McAfee Brown is an Artist, Photographer and Designer working in the space where fine art and technology marry, merge and multiply. He has spent over 25 years combining traditional media and photography - working digitally on Macintosh computer imaging systems. Born in New York City, he has lived in Minnesota, New England, West Virginia, Scotland and France. He is now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. He received a B.A. in Art at Stanford University, ...

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