Exploded Flowers by Fong Qi Wei

Flowers are indeed one of the most beautiful and complex structures found in nature, specifically designed to achieve the purpose of reproduction. This is “Exploded Flowers” series is the latest project of Chinese photographer Fong Qi Wei. Inspired partially by Todd McLellan’s Disassembly series, Qi Wei wanted to show the radial symmetry of flowers, and also individual floral components.

The act of disassembly (I hesitate to use the term dissection because this series is not meant to be a scientific treatise) lays bare the various shapes and textures of the flowers, and what is interesting to me is how much more expanded some flowers can get when they are disassembled – the relative surface area to size of a rose is so much greater compared to a larger flower like the sunflower.