The general intention may be somewhat nebulous in some of the images captured by Barb Thrall. But there is a desire to present calm and peace through abstraction or a painterly intention. Images are imagined with an inspiration from perhaps a song or movie, present life or an experience and turned it into a photograph. A botanical scene can be extravagant and detailed but look effortless. It’s interesting in what happens when reality intersects with imagination. The images dance between a realistic photographic images and digital painting. What experience might a person see in the photograph? Maybe they see the photograph through their own experience and perhaps see the photographer's. What happens when an image of a flower or a landscape can evoke an emotion, an inspiration or a shared experience?
Barb is a fine art photographer based in Richland, Washington. Her work has been featured in joint and solo exhibitions, online publications, various printed materials and won awards at juried art shows. When not taking photos of flowers, she can probably be found in her little flower “farm” encouraging her next subjects to grow.