La Vie En Tulip

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

As I mention frequently, I am always interested in when vernacular or press photographs transcend the everyday to have some greater visceral impact. Sometimes it’s the subject, more often it’s the composition, and sometimes as in these photographs it’s a combination of both. And originality is always key. These three images, via London’s Daily Mail and AP, but uncredited, are pictures of the northern Netherlands in the middle of the tulip season. (Planted in the fall, the bulbs bloom in the spring, after which the land is cultivated for a rather more mundane crop of vegetables.)

A Google image search of “tulip fields” will yield plenty of mediocre pictures of this scene, but these, to me, have a conciseness and a lack of sentimentality which make them memorable.


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