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Qi Wei's Exploded Flowers

Posted by Josh Rothman  August 26, 2011 11:16 AM

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Singapore-based photographer Qi Wei offers up this beautiful series of images showing "exploded flowers" -- flowers which have been carefully disassembled and then photographed in a way that honors their radial symmetry. Here's a rose, a chrysanthemum, and a sunflower.





Disassembling the flowers, he writes, "lays bare the various shapes and textures of the flowers, and what is interesting to me is how much more expanded some flowers can get when they are disassembled -- the relative surface area to size of a rose is so much greater compared to a larger flower like the sunflower." You can also see the fractcal size-pattern of the petals. See the rest at his website.

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