And now, something completely different…Frozen Flowers by Mo Devlin.  Cool!

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So What Am I Looking At?

FROZEN FLOWERS, THAT’S WHAT!!!

Mo Devlin photographs frozen flowers…flowers that have been frozen in various sized blocks of ice.  It’s a two step process.  The first step is actually creating the ice.  All of the photos are done by freezing or partially freezing flowers in blocks of ice. It sounds simple, but the actual science behind the freezing is both interesting and beautiful in its simplicity.  Most importantly, it gives the ice a unique and beautiful background for the flower inside.

When organic material is placed in the liquid it’s at room temperature it begins to cool.  As it does, the molecules in the water begin to slow down making the water increasingly dense.  The organic material in the liquid is squeezed causing what’s inside (oxygen and liquid) to come to the surface of the plant.  At about 39 degrees, the water is as dense as it’s going to be without being a solid.

From thirty nine degrees to freezing, the properties of ice reverse direction and begin expanding.  As the ice continues to freeze solid, it drags the bubbles from the surface and outward, creating the beautiful crystal trailers and bubbles.

Over the past three years I have taken over two thousand published photos of my Frozen Flowers.  Through trial and error…and a lot of ice and flowers…I’ve been able to develop my freezing method to get a variety of effects.  But as in most things with nature and science, beauty often comes unexpectedly.  So I shoot the photo that I want first, the photo that I need next and finally I take the photo that I didn’t expect.  That last one is usually the best.

I hope that my art moves you inside.  I hope that each and every one sees something different…feels something different.  And most importantly I hope looking at them give you as much joy as it does me when I photograph them.

Thanks.

Mo Devlin

Morrell Devlin is a 1973 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School.  His passion for photography began during his high school years “At the time, the school started a media program.  I was intrigued with the video cameras.  “The teacher, George Taylor, played a big part in supporting me and furthering my interest.”

Devlin joined the Army and served for nine years, working in the American Forces Radio and Television division.  In this capacity his experience was pretty diverse.  In addition to military photos, Devlin photographed and interviewed, Presidents and celebrities.  He worked as a photo editor for a military newspaper, a medical photographer while in Europe and with the American Forces Korea network while in Asia.

Devlin’s other passion is keeping and photographing tropical fish.  He is known internationally for aquatic photography which is published regularly in several hobby magazines both in the USA and throughout the world and also National Geographic.  His photos are also seen throughout the internet under the name “Aquamojo” and on his website www.aquamojo.com.

A fan of all photography, Morrell continues to experiment and push his creative core.  His latest direction his been to produce photos of frozen flowers.  “I’ve been doing this for almost three years now.  It’s become a real obsession.”

“It’s a twostep process.  The first step is actually creating the ice.  All of the photos are done by freezing or partially freezing flowers in blocks of ice. It sounds simple, but the actual science behind the freezing is both interesting and beautiful in its simplicity.  Most importantly, it gives the ice a unique and beautiful background for the flower inside.”

“Over the past three years I have taken over two thousand published photos of my Frozen Flowers.  Through trial and error…and a lot of ice and flowers…I’ve been able to develop my freezing method to get a variety of effects.  But as in most things with nature and science, beauty often comes unexpectedly.

About his work he says,” I always hope that my art moves the viewer on the inside.  I hope that each and every one sees something different…feels something different.  And most importantly I hope looking at them gives them as much joy as it does me when I photograph them.”

Morrell is a resident of Dallas, PA, but most of his family lives in or around Tamaqua.  His biggest fan, his mother Mary Shock, resides in Tuscarora.  “all of the skill and creative spirit aside, it was my mom who convinced me to follow my heart and be happy.  I live by those thoughts and words every day knowing it makes her proud.”

We hope you’ll join us on October 26th, when we explore the uniqueness and beauty of frozen flowers.

Malcolm Kahn, Martin Joffe, Padma Inguva

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