There are things you simply don't turn down, no matter how sweaty your palms get, how much your heart races in panic or how worried you are about not being up to scratch for the task. I'm usually extremely honest, to the point where others have told me to just shut up and not mention things, because not being honest might just come back and bite me at some point and that's a risk I'm not prepared to take. Sometimes though you just have to fake it to make it.
When, back in February, the editor of The Green Gallery (part of the Flower Council of The Netherlands) asked me to contribute to their April issue, I was of course hugely flattered. I mean, have you seen their beautiful site? And they asked little old me to contribute to their "Historic Beauty" section in their Flower Issue. The idea was to interpret a painting they had chosen in my own way. A flower painting. In pastels. I know what you're thinking: Carole and pastel flowers? Huh? However, since it was about my interpretation of the painting, I thought I could make it work without going too twee.
But there was of course a snag in the whole plan: I was asked to create a video to go with the whole theme. Er, I had never done a video in my life as I'm firmly on the still photography side of things. Well, this is where the "fake it til you make it" bit comes in. I agreed to take on the assignment (of course I did!) and then sat down for two days straight going through YouTube tutorials teaching myself how to film and edit videos. I filmed short segments, tried some editing, deleted the whole thing, started over again. I didn't have months to strive for perfection, but in the end I managed to put a little video together that was supposed to convey a feeling of light-heartedness and spring. Of course now I look at it and it makes me cringe...
Despite it being February when I took the photos (I had a strict deadline), I wanted to step away from my usual slightly darker moods and give the images a more Spring like feel. Something a little lighter, a little happier and more fitting for the season. On the other hand, I didn't want go all pastel because that wouldn't be my personal interpretation, but a copy. So, I went and bought the flowers I thought were fitting for what I wanted to achieve and added my personal favourite to the story: coffee. So here's my interpretation of the Cornelis van Spaendonck painting, complete with coffee and a touch of Parisian Spring. I hope you like it.