When Gloucestershire-based travel photographer Peter Adams first saw the miles of tulip fields that stretched across the landscape of North Holland, he knew knew he would return in an aircraft. Having shot everywhere from Iceland to Namibia, the photographer explains aerial photography “always gives [him] a high that lasts days.” Years after his initial trip, Adams kept tabs on the tulip season through bed and breakfast proprietors living near the fields, and he journeyed back just prior to the harvest.
Unlike most floral imagery, Adam’s breathtaking aerials push the fields into the realm of abstraction, removing the blossoms from their usual context. Miniaturized and arranged in perfect grids and stripes, individual tulip stems give way to a harmonious, geometric gestalt. In some of the images, Adams includes field workers and flower pickers to provide subtle clues into the relative scale and purpose of the enigmatical landscape.
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