Mo Devlin

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Stuffed Pepper

I had been experimenting with adding some small items, mostly flowers and seed pods, to my photos. Coincidentally, my mom called and asked me to come for dinner. We were in the middle of talking about some of her favorite colors and flowers when I noticed that dinner was, in fact, stuffed peppers. Needless to say, the idea popped into my head. The challenge with photographing the pepper was stuffing it from behind. Thankfully being able to look through the bottom of the glass container allowed me some control over the flower composition. I was very pleased with end result and continue to try composition with other fruits and vegetables.
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Sunshine Explosion

Freeze! The arresting Frozen Flowers of Mo Devlin are an overnight success decades in the making. These photographs bend on its ear the notion that “set in ice” means stiff and rigid. It is the ice itself, or more accurately the process through which the ice forms, that adds such fluidity and motion to Devlin’s brilliant compositions.

The intense sense of spontaneity Devlin captures is the result of a very deliberate process. These images are not simply stumbled upon, but meticulously created. Over the course of decades, Devlin perfected the art of photographing fish in their aquatic environment. Mastering the dynamic of how light travels through water was only the first of many steps in the Frozen Flower process.

Freezing his “models” is the most important part of the process. When tap water is frozen the impurities show themselves as clouded white ice. Devlin experimented and continues to perfect his ability to control the outcome of how the ice forms and captures the subject.

Sometimes the bloom itself can be the source of impurity. Any substance, natural or added to the plant may cause large areas of clouded ice. Blooms with high sap or sugar content or flowers purchased that have been given a preservative, pose the biggest challenge.

One thing that occurs and is cultivated through his photos is the appearance of “ice trailers”. These are simply bubble that have been squeezed out of the organic material then stretched as the freezing process continued. The science behind their formation is amazing.

Flowers add to any room a feeling of beauty and grace. They are delicate beings, alive with sensuality. Mo Devlin’s Frozen Flowers capture all that and more. The ice adds a “look-again” dimension to this gorgeous photography that draws us in and fires our imagination.
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Tea Rose

This tiny bloom was a little over three quarter of an inch in length. I freeze in all different sized and shaped containers using everything from Pyrex to plastic to stainless steel. Each one gives a different effect. In general, the larger the container the bigger the ice trails. This particular bloom was frozen in only a couple ounces of water, freezing it very quickly. The ice trails were short and very clear. The small piece of ice allowed me to use a lot of light to capture some dramatic trails coming from the bloom.
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Thin Slice Of Purple

A good friend of mine, who also happens to be an avid photographer, owns a local restaurant. He was viewing some of the frozen flower photos I had created and said that he thought a couple of them would look good in the restaurant, Fire and Ice. I love a challenge, and since I generally have a preconceived notion as to the final product, I told him I would try and shoot something more appropriate to match the décor of his establishment. The end result was a couple images for which I used Gerber Daisies for both images. This one just happened to be closer to flame red. The exaggerated ice trails are the result of a longer freezing process in a deeper dish. The overall effect, very dramatic. This particular image has won several Best in Show’s in various photo contests . . . one of my favorites.
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Twin Roses

Freeze! The arresting Frozen Flowers of Mo Devlin are an overnight success decades in the making. These photographs bend on its ear the notion that “set in ice” means stiff and rigid. It is the ice itself, or more accurately the process through which the ice forms, that adds such fluidity and motion to Devlin’s brilliant compositions.

The intense sense of spontaneity Devlin captures is the result of a very deliberate process. These images are not simply stumbled upon, but meticulously created. Over the course of decades, Devlin perfected the art of photographing fish in their aquatic environment. Mastering the dynamic of how light travels through water was only the first of many steps in the Frozen Flower process.

Freezing his “models” is the most important part of the process. When tap water is frozen the impurities show themselves as clouded white ice. Devlin experimented and continues to perfect his ability to control the outcome of how the ice forms and captures the subject.

Sometimes the bloom itself can be the source of impurity. Any substance, natural or added to the plant may cause large areas of clouded ice. Blooms with high sap or sugar content or flowers purchased that have been given a preservative, pose the biggest challenge.

One thing that occurs and is cultivated through his photos is the appearance of “ice trailers”. These are simply bubble that have been squeezed out of the organic material then stretched as the freezing process continued. The science behind their formation is amazing.

Flowers add to any room a feeling of beauty and grace. They are delicate beings, alive with sensuality. Mo Devlin’s Frozen Flowers capture all that and more. The ice adds a “look-again” dimension to this gorgeous photography that draws us in and fires our imagination.
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