"They used to bloom" , 2021

Xuesheng Ma performed experiments in color darkrooms by using the glass specimens of wildflowers. She placed the flower specimens on the enlarger, and processed them on photosensitive paper. The resulting images explode in front of the eyes.

There is a concept in Japanese literature – “the dying eye(末期の眼)”, a perspective on mortality, by realizing that life comes to an end. The enlarger reverses the fact of the flowers’ death.

© 2022 Xuesheng Ma