Roberta Bailey's Imperfect Perfection: Floral Portraits celebrate Nature’s lifecycle. For her, "they capture the evolution of flowers from buds into mature blossoms and flowers past their prime and that I have dried. I strive to highlight their unique beauty at each stage." After being intrigued with floral portraits created by an enlarger, Roberta came up with the idea of using her flatbed scanner for a similar look. "At the time, I knew of no one who was using a scanner to capture fine art digital photos, so I had to develop my own process through trial and error." Scanners have a very high resolution because they are engineered to enlarge slides and negatives with exceptional detail so they are well suited for close-up images.
When even using the same floral subject she can create vastly different images just by experimenting. "I am never sure of what will appear.... it is frustrating and exhilarating." She says, "I am surprised that I love some of the images that I have been creating, as they are not what I thought I liked, or I would have thought them weird. My evolving artistic vision and acceptance is exciting."