David LaChapelle’s Earth Laughs in Flowers

Valentine’s Day is typically one of the most popular days to buy flowers, whether you love them, or just out of obligation. But “I love you” is not the only message that can be expressed through a bouquet, especially when it’s carefully arranged by David LaChapelle and photographed like a Baroque still life painting. The large format, chaotic photographs seem vibrant and happy at first, just like flowers should. But when you take a closer look you get hit with notes of human overindulgence and greed, and somehow “I love you” doesn’t cut it anymore.

David LaChapelle’s still life photographs installation “Earth Laughs in Flowers” opens today, February 14th, at the Robilant & Voena gallery in London, and on February 23 at Fred Torres Collaborations.

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The Lovers

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Springtime

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Wilting Gossip

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Flaccid Passion

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Early Fall

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Concerning The Soul

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And for those of you who want to go back to the traditional beauty of flowers, and its core message, watch this:


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