New Inspiration from Nick Knight’s Heavenly Roses

I’m always looking for new photography inspiration for plants and flowers. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find the ubiquitous and standard macro shots of garden blooms get a little boring. I love the flowers and I love to see them in all their glorious beauty, but I also love when the photographer can layer in a heavy dose of creativity to make the images more special.

Have you heard of Nick Knight? Even if you don’t recognize the name, you have probably seen some of his provocative images on the covers of Vogue or other fashion magazines over the last few decades. He is one of the world’s most famous and recognizable photographers. He is exciting and he always pushes the boundaries both creatively and technically.

New Inspiration from Nick Knight's Heavenly Roses

The cross over is always endlessly appealing to me. I find it so inspiring, personally, to get out of my genre and I find it equally inspiring to watch other creatives cast out from their comfort zone and regular practices and delve into a different medium or application. Nick Knight is a fashion photographer but over on his instagram he also shares photos of the roses in his garden.  They are everything you expect from such a talented photographer.  They beautifully capture the ethereal nature of these flowers and they draw you in with their beauty. I want o bury my face in them in much the same way that I am drawn burying my face in the beautiful fragrance of roses in my garden.

New Inspiration from Nick Knight's Heavenly Roses

But even more, the technical details are fascinating. I can’t help but wonder how he creates that mood and how the flowers get in the floaty positions that they are in (without obvious supports). The luminescent lighting is something that I am obsessed with breaking down and trying to recreate. Reverse engineering might be one of my favorite hobbies. After all, trying to recreate the creative work of other is one of the best ways to not only learn something new, but find ways to create your own original work.

New Inspiration from Nick Knight's Heavenly Roses

images by Nick Knight


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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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