There are few places in the world that can compare with Paris in springtime. Cherry trees weighed down with blossoms, bouquets of fresh roses at the market, bunches of peonies in bicycle baskets… everywhere you look, Paris is in bloom. Inspired — and who could fail to be — by this yearly spectacle, American photographer Georgianna Lane decided to capture the city in its floral beauty, in her top-selling book Paris in Bloom.
Paris in Bloom was inspired by my first visit to the city as a teenager. Picnics in flower-filled parks along the Seine, up-close viewings of my favorite Impressionist paintings, observing the Parisian art of presentation and standing awestruck at the magnificence of the architecture all had a profound effect on my artistic journey.
Later, as an adult, the more often I visited Paris, the more passionate I became about documenting and sharing this abundance of floral beauty — not only what I saw in the parks, gardens and florist shops but also in the exquisite detail and motifs inspired by flowers on literally every Parisian street. For many years, I’ve been visually pairing real flowers with their decorative counterparts, one enhancing and elevating the other to ultimately take the viewer on an inspiring adventure, inviting closer attention to detail and offering a new perspective.