Lara Nowland, florist
I had my camera held steadily to my eye, waiting, waiting for the moment to take the click. Lara was delicately placing the final piece for her garden lunch. It was at this moment that an element of frustration came over me, I quickly picked up on why and realised it was a selfish move. I smiled and had a little chuckle behind the lens. Afterwards I said to Lara, from the most genuine and grateful place inside of me, ‘You know, you’re someone who makes people realise that patience is a great thing’. Initially I think she took this in a way that wasn’t very good, almost like me saying, ‘You take so damn long doing anything, it’s fucking frustrating’. That couldn’t be further from what I wanted to tell her though. To spend days watching her perfect flower arrangements and considering every element, every piece before finishing her creations, was one of the most beautiful experiences I have had. I am grateful she made me see patience and perfection in my own work.
The Pixel Trade was a scattered 3 days over the period of a week, with other trades in between. I was able to wake up before the sun and follow Lara to the flower markets of Melbourne to pick the freshest and greatest floral pieces. We spent time in her workshop space, homes of clients she decorates for, window displays and of course a perfect ending to the trade, lunch in Yarra Junction in a beautiful garden setting. I fell asleep in the car on the way back to Melbourne, content and exhausted.
Recommended album from Lara
Gotan Project | Tango 3.0
Duration... 3 days