Sink you eyes into these photographs! The botanical photographs of Takashi Tomo-oka, who is profiled in this month’s issue of Elle Decor, are delectable still life photos of all sorts of flowers, simply composed on a plain white background. The simplicity of the composition mixed with the complexity of detail makes these images powerful in a quiet sort of way. The artist explains in the article that the formal arrangements of the flowers are “imbued with Japanese traditions, especially his country’s centuries old visual love affair with the natural world, calligraphy, and ikebana (the art of Japanese flower arranging. He also makes references to the idea of wabi-sabi – an aesthetic ideal based on finding beauty in imperfection and impermanence. What makes plants “so compelling, he says, is not just their beauty but also their dark side.” These photos seem to capture that wonderous moment when the beauty is at its peak, and freeze it in time. It Takashi Tomo-oka images are printed on washi paper and measure 17″ x 9″ and are available at the Ippodo Gallery, New York. Images courtesy of Ippodo Gallery.