Photographer Sara K. Byrne has turned flora into fauna and vice versa. With an almost fairy-like hand – something that brings to mind A Mid-Summer’s Nights Dream– she has merged three different female silhouettes with a various floral and arboreal varieties.

Sara-K.-Byrne, Flora-and-Fauna-personified

© Sara K. Byrne

The images exude a sense of tangibility (you can feel the prick of the pine needles, the soft flesh of the lower lip), but like all works of art, these are sensations that are just out of reach. This has much to do with the Byrne’s use of long exposure photography, which allows the light to seep through her feminine models, and gifts them with cherry blossoms, branches, autumn leaves and light pink summer roses.

Sara-K.-Byrne, Flora-and-Fauna-personified

© Sara K. Byrne

The result is an Edwardian sublime – a series of ethereal images that deconstruct, rearrange and merge the natural worlds. What is human becomes plant-like. What is tree-like becomes human. Her images both applaud and defy nature.

Sara-K.-Byrne, Flora-and-Fauna-personified

@ Sara K. Byrne

By trade, Byrne is a wedding photographer (with husband David Byrne) and on visiting both her blog and professional pages, it is evident she is heavily influenced by naturalism  and has great reverence for it. Byrne is a generous artist and even publishes tutorials on her blog on how to achieve the type of photographs she produces.

Her image, at the top of the page, was a recipient of the Fearless Award for wedding photographers. In this photograph, she also employed long exposure photography.

To view Byrne’s photography or to inquire about her services, visit http://www.sarakbyrne.com or call 208.890.3774.