This photo was taken on one of my walks through my suburb. I love to play with perspectives on ordinary subjects because it forces us to approach the object in a new way. I’m fascinated by the overlooked ordinary, so I try to capture that in striking ways with my photos.
Just after the last frost in March is when the first April wildflowers start to pop up. I placed the camera at level with the flowers because I wanted to create an effect that not only focuses on a subject in the flowerbed but also places the onlooker in the flowerbed. The girl in the flowers adds a new depth to the photo, as she takes it from an image to a story.
I love black and white photography because I find it adds a layer of elegance and sophistication to the photo. It plays with light and shadows, creating an experience vastly different from colored photos.
Kiley Brockway is a high school senior in the Chicago suburbs. She has been previously recognized for both writing and photography in “Halfway Down the Stairs” and “Briefly Write” literary magazines, and participated in the young writers workshop through the University of Iowa. You can find more of her work @kiley_a_brockway on Instagram.