Don’t Shy Away From Love: The Poetic Photographs of Anna O.

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I would fall asleep snuggled in the scent you left,” the title of one of Anna O.’s pictures. Is the self-taught photographer referring to just the flowers, or a person? Her poetically narrative titles are a trademark, giving depth to her conceptual shots of women ornamented with daisies, pom-pom hydrangeas and other blooms. They shy away from the camera (another trademark), delicate and open-hearted souls showing their emotions through their bodies and the plants they hold. “Stitched to my heart,” “memories, poems, wounds, dead flowers.”

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woman holding tulips, photography opening blouse, flowers on chest flower aligned with body flowers on thighs flowers giving warmth. still life, woman on table
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Adriana is the Webby Award-winning designer, editor of Scene360 magazine, and author of "Tat'oo" book. Acquiring 20 years of writing experience in fine arts, Adriana has dedicated her time to documenting tattooists' lives and work and publishing on Inked, Skin Deep, Tattoo Life, and more. Follow the author @ Instagram and view more articles.