I’ve previously written about magnolia buds and blossoms and how fascinating I find them. They go through so many transformations and stages that it’s almost like having several species growing in the exact same spot. The flower in my Tentacles piece wasn’t very far off the ground. In fact, it was low enough to where I could get very close to it and compose at two times life-size. My artistic vision was to concentrate on the pistils because in my mind’s eye they always remind me of octopus arms. When framing it, I decided to include a couple of stamen layers along the bottom for context, which also increased the naturally abstract feel I wanted to create. Though the depth of field is really shallow, hairs on the surface and around the pistils can be seen.