Photography Annual 2014 Submission Spotlight:
Sandi Fellman – Deception


Sandi Fellman’s Origami Microcosmos

Sandi Fellman’s utterly gorgeous new series Deception is all about focus and depth, finding order in the “origami cosmos”. Ms. Fellman has submitted a short version of the series to our current Photography Annual 2014 competition.



Artist Statement

Photographs from the series “Deception” loosely explore the visual ambiguity and interconnections between plants and insects.

Conceptually, the writing of French philosopher Deleuze, on “the orchid and the wasp”, cross-pollination, sexual deception, and by his word the notion that things are always in a state of “becoming” have been inspirational. Deleuze refers to an “origami cosmos” constantly in a state of folding, unfolding, and refolding. These ideas have created a framework for this work.

Simultaneously, these images are a 21st century play on 19th century botanical and entomological illustrations. Gone are the required facts and details present in naturalist illustrations. They are replaced by a contemporary, modernist vision of fleeting moments, butterflies on the move, glimpses of flowers, and a purposeful abstraction.

In the end, it is the isolation of the intense fragile beauty of the subjects, and the infinite ways in which they resemble each other, that compels and moves the artist to make these images.



The Photography Annual 2014 competition features the most compelling and influential photography of the year. Prizes consist of gold and platinum awards, with winning entries published in the Photography Annual 2014.

To submit your own work to the Photography Annual 2014 competition, click here. But don’t wait! The final deadline is October 4, 2013.

To check out more work by Sandi Fellman, go to her Graphis Photography Master page or check out to view the complete version of Deception.

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