Elise Sullivan taught microbiology for 15 years at the University of New Hampshire and has recently transitioned to being a stay at home mom for her three teen-aged kids. Photography is her most recent passion, and is a natural extension of her love of studying biology up-close.
I have known Elise through our dedicated and dynamic Oyster River community over the years. Her recent photography displays caught my eye immediately as I noticed her passion for photographing flowers from an up-close perspective. The focus of this blog is to share and show from diverse perspectives how flowers enrich our lives, with the hopes that others will climb on board to join us all in experiencing this simple yet oh so gratifying form of fulfillment. Delight in Elise's display and writing.
Flowers are magical to photograph. As a trained biologist and an amateur photographer, I never grow tired of trying to capture their beauty in a picture. They are easily my favorite subject material. Initially, it’s their bold colors that attract me and draw me in to take a closer look. Sometimes their colors are so vibrant that they frustratingly elude my ability to capture their intense hues in my image.
Other times, in the fading light of evening or when back lit against a bright sun, the light is just right to reveal subtle veins and patterns of rich beauty. Upon closer inspection I am always intrigued by the diversity of flower shape and size. I especially like to highlight those little subtleties in my photographs, like how a leaf retains dew in the early morning. My love for macro photography forces me to slow down and study the tiny details, which then stimulates my biological curiosities about life cycles in my backyard.
Other flowers are more selective in which insects they use to aid in their mating. Sometimes I find more than one type of bug facing off atop a flower or a camouflaged insect hiding in the cool of the leaf’s shadows. Over the course of the summer I love to observe the transition from bud to flowers to seeds, and through that I keep track of the shifting of the seasons and the transitions of life.
Each day I am excited for a new adventure in the garden to see what hidden beauty awaits.
Durham, New Hampshire