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daniel sroka: abstract botanicals

Daniel Sroka’s macro photographs of flowers, leaves, twigs and seeds are a soft place for my eyes to fall.  Sroka says of his abstract organic images, “My art is about re-igniting our awareness of the natural world that we live in every day.”

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[private_archives]I say thank goodness he decided to leave a successful corporate-type career (including a gig as the first creative director at Yahoo!) to pursue his art full time – it means my eyes get to rest on these serene, ethereal images.

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Dancer, macro of a dried leaf

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Ascent, macro of a dried leaf

The closest relationship most of us have with nature is through our yards and parks, so we experience nature as a safe and controlled environment. But what appears to be a domesticated landscape is actually an uneasy truce with a thriving and chaotic ecosystem. My photographs capture the wildness that thrives in our backyards.

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Exovo, macro of a dried leaf

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Heart, macro of a leaf that has begun to dry and decay

We can learn a lot from Sroka – about pursuing passion; about how important our early influences prove to be as we mature; about how to think out of the box (he offers customers a chance to purchase his photographs as a “work in progress” at a reduced rate, and they have the option to upgrade once the image is complete).

Read about his creative process here, then go visit the links below and relax.

Daniel Sroka’s Website
Daniel Sroka’s Blog
Article on Area of Design
On 1000 Markets
Sroka’s studio sale on Artful Home
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