Chris Weigl is a recent photography graduate of Daytona State College. She has loved photography since she was a teenager, and for many years strived to become a good landscape photographer.
In 1998, she started her landscaping business and her passion for tropical plants and flowers was ignited. She started going to botanical gardens to photograph plants and later had one plant or flower photo a week published in the Daytona News-Journal in a little column called Florida Flora. Having to submit one photo a week for almost two years, she was always looking for new and exciting plants to photograph. She also wrote a garden column for the newspaper.
Eventually, her own collection of tropical plants grew, and frequent trips to nurseries in the West Palm Beach area only wetted her appetite for more. In the beginning, she would fill up her car to the brim with beautiful rare and exotic specimens. Later she bought a van and would bring home tropicals for her customers as well as to add to her collection.
After about eight years of photographing flowers, she started to experiment. She first used a white background and then a black background. She quickly tired of this and then began using whatever she had around the house- a rug, a placemat or a blanket as background material.
Typical of many artists who become obsessive about their art, she then started to look for more interesting fabrics to use as backgrounds, scouring thrift stores for vintage fabrics and clothing, and buying yards of fabric from fabric stores.
She also collects unusual and colorful containers to put her flowers in and is experimenting with a lens called Lensbaby, which works similar to a large format camera in that you can selectively focus an nd creative style is one that she is hoping will stand out.
Her goal today is to create flower images that are totally unique- images that no one else can duplicate. In a market that is over saturated with flower photography, her bold and creative style is one that she is hoping will stand out.
She also photographs horses and is a writer.
Her other websites:
Tropical Plant Photos.com - A collection of gardening articles and resources.
Writer Chris Weigl.com – Specializing in writing for the horticulture industry
In a perfect world:
If I had all the time and money I could want, my days would be filled on a quest for beauty.
I would seek out beautiful places, places I have always dreamed of- New Zealand, Bali, the Amazon Rain Forest and the Grand Canyon.
I would seek out beautiful flowers - tropical plants with bold colors, conservatories with exotic specimens and palms, and fields of wildflowers.
I would seek out beautiful horses, Arabians, Adalusians, Friesians and wild mustangs. Why I take photographs:When I am photographing something truly beautiful- a gorgeous flower, a free-spirited horse, a landscape in the golden hour of daylight- I am lost in that moment. Everything else that was in my mind- vanishes.
Those moments when I can lose myself, when all sense of time disappears- these are the moments I live for. These are the reasons I photograph.
Often I will photograph a flower for one or two hours. I will examine it from every angle, in different light, with different backgrounds. I will ask myself, “What can I do to make it even more beautiful?”
After the photo is taken, again I will ask the same question. I will try to enhance it with digital imaging software. And strive to make it different – to make it my own.
Color plays a huge role in my photographs. There is no such thing as too yellow or too orange or too pink. The more extreme the color, the more excited I get. Artist Objective:
To create beauty
To bring joy
To escape realty
To test the limits of what is possible
To create something crazy, bold and different Thought for the day:Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
-- Ashley Smith