Beauty and Decay This series aims to demonstrate photographically the process of decay over a period of time. The deterioration of ‘live’ matter is something that has interested me for some time. I consider there is still beauty in something that is decayed; that decayed matter takes on its own beauty, it's all about perception. For example mould begins to grow on a surface and then blossoms into more varied, textured and complex forms and structures. Whilst flowers dry out, colours change, the petals wrinkle and wither giving more texture before falling to the ground. It reflects on my own thoughts, and feelings on the aging process and how I feel about myself. My main sources of inspiration for this body of work were 17th Century Dutch Still Life Artists such as Balthazar van der Ast, Rachel Ruysch and Hans Bollingier. I also considered the works of contemporary photographers like Ori Gersht and Nick Knight.