A native New Yorker, Roberta London worked for many years in film, video and television production. Although she flirted with still photography during those formative years, it wasn’t until moving to Florida that she realized the flirting stage was over and it was time for a serious relationship. The Florida landscape, filled with stunning flowers, colors and shapes, had captivated her.
London sees herself as a “through-the-lens explorer and composer.” Most of her floral images are captured in the field in natural light. Her composition, perspective, and especially the play of light, create a strong sense of place and result in images that are dramatic and moving. As a composer, she isolates aspects or a flower so that its fragility or strength, its vulnerability or endurance can be experienced, drawing the viewer in for a close personal encounter.
The guiding principal in Roberta London’s work is a belief that a fine art photograph should set a mood and impart a sense of place. Her approach is not to document the perfect orchid or tulip or lily. Instead it is to create images that are rich with atmosphere and emotion.