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‘Les Fleurs’ exhibit shows that looks can be deceiving
By Amy Schneider

Just in time for spring, Hartsfield-Jackson has filled the Atrium with flowers. But fear not, allergy sufferers: These flowers are otherworldly photographs by Georgia artist Barry Taratoot.

The exhibition, “The Les Fleurs Photographic Collection,” defies the viewer to believe what he or she is seeing. At first glance — and perhaps second and third glance as well — the soft yet vivid colors of the plants set against solid-black backgrounds look much more like paintings than photos.

Taratoot selects floral subjects and then positions them amid soft light and shadows to enhance their natural surfaces, colors and patterns. The effect is created — “without trickery or modern technical manipulation,” the artist notes — through a combination of photographic and technical skills, patience and imagination.

“The pieces in this exhibit are stunningly surreal and focus the viewer’s eye on the exquisite detail in nature’s design,” said David Vogt, Airport Art Program manager. “The controlled arrangement and lighting of the flowers create a dynamic composition of textures, surfaces and color. The rich, black background serves to emphasize each flower’s unique contour and many intricacies.”

Taratoot has documented more than 140 exotic plants and flowers and credits the Airport with expanding his pool of subjects. Many of the plants arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson from points of origin throughout the world.

“The Les Fleurs Photographic Collection” will be on display in the Airport Atrium through May 16.

The otherworldly photographs by Barry Taratoot look like paintings.

The otherworldly photographs by Barry Taratoot
look like paintings.

The exhibit will be in the Airport Atrium through May 16.

The exhibit will be in the Airport Atrium through May 16.


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