The floral forest of dreams © Dina Shirin (@dinashirin), Bronx, NY

Rhapsody © Katharina Will, Düsseldorf, Germany

Over the last few months, we’ve been highlighting

some of the extraordinary images from The Print Swap, Feature Shoot’s submissions-based project, by featuring them in online group shows, each with a different theme. This time, we drew inspiration from the likes of Robert Mapplethorpe, Edward Weston, and Imogen Cunningham and focused on a single subject: flowers. After combing through The Print Swap collection in search of sunflowers, roses, tulips, and daisies, we plucked out some of our favorite blossoms to share with you.

In photographs, flowers can be metaphors–for love, loss, or rebirth. My Heart’s Desire by Mark Reynolds is part of the artist’s Funeral Flower Series. In Meredith Andrew’s work, plucked flowers are the last remaining vestige of a season gone by. In Dina Shirin’s picture, the silhouette of a woman explores an alternate realm, defined only by the vague shape of a flower. Still, flowers don’t always have to be symbols of larger themes. Sometimes flowers are simply flowers, and their beauty is more than enough. Jules Hebert regularly photographs the rotating cast of flowers on display in his New York lobby.

My Heart’s Desire © Mark Reynolds (@onthemark99), Corte Madera, CA, USA

Flower Well © Amy Moore (@amymoorephoto), Rochester, NY

Lobby Flowers, Autumn 2017, Jules Herbert (@jjjh3), New York, NY

Late in the Evening © Karina Koot (@hummingdust), Ogden, UT, USA

Last of the Summer blooms © Meredith Andrews (@meredithphoto), Bermuda

Beachlilies © Nicola Malkmus (@nicolamalkmus), Offenbach, Germany

They’re Everywhere © Marc Schindl (@osapixi), Vienna, Austria

Cherry Blossoms, 2017 © Jennifer DiGennaro (@jendigennaro), Belle Harbor, NY

The Bee © Jill V. Grabowski (@jvg.jpg), Costa Mesa, CA

Sarah © Jennifer Silverberg (@jennsilverberg), Saint Louis, Missouri

Land of the Giants © Andy Mckay (@andymckayprojects), Oxford, UK

Le Petit Bouquet, New York 2017 © Anna Condo (@anna.condo), New York, NY

This is your portion; live on it today. © Bekka Bos (@bekkabos), Sanford, FL

‘Home/Memories are flashes of light’ © Camilla Piana (@ladymoscadaburro), Milan, Italy

Untitled © Chris Neyen (@chrisneyen), Beacon, NY

taveller’s palm © David Friske (@david_friske), Hollywood, FL

On a frosty morning in Yorkshire © Elaine Taylor (@sunflowerof21), Leeds, UK

Look left © Nathalie Seaver (@LookingGlassLulu), Los Angeles, CA