|Rosa 'William Shakespeare 2000' - Rosa 'Sombreul' & Clematis heracleifolia 'New Love' & Krysztoff Kieslowski|
On October 13 1996, I had the fortune to photograph Polish film director Krysztoff Kieślowski in Hotel Vancouver for the Globe and Mail. His most famous films are a trilogy of colours:
The Three Colours trilogy (French: Trois couleurs, Polish: Trzy kolory) is the collective title of three psychological drama films directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski: Three Colours: Blue (1993), Three Colours: White (1994), and Three Colours: Red (1994).
I watched gentle Christopher Dafoe interview him in the legendary (for me since I have photographed so many people there) Sun Room of the Hotel Vancouver. Kieślowski did not look well and he was chain smoking. I got this impression that he was not going to be around for long. A year later he had a heart attack and barely recovered. He died March 13, 1996.
When I pulled out my deep green filter he looked at me and smiled. "I am a photographer, too," he said to me. "I know what a green filter does, exactly." And he posed for me and winked. As he looked straight into my camera I saw a man who was preparing to die. And I also knew, he knew, exactly, what the photograph was going to look like.
Today 26 August 2022 I had the idea that since I had this portrait of Kieślowski that I might find three flowers that would be red, white and blue. But that was not to be. The white rose and the blue herbaceous perennial clematis (not all clematis are vines) were in for the idea.There was not one red rose in bloom (Rosa ‘William Shakespeare 2000’ had a bud (I cut two yesterday) but I was not going to snip it. I believe that cats, babies and roses do not perform on demand.
Yesterday’s scan of William Shakespeare 2000 will have to
do. Rosa 'Sombreul' and Clematis heracleifolia 'New Love' I scanned today.