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I was first struck by the beauty and variety of orchids when I visited an orchid grower in 2010. I immediately wanted to capture images of these flowers to share with others and provide a visual tutorial of these natural gifts.

It is estimated that there are more than 100,000 different varieties of orchids, ranging from the familiar “Corsage Orchid” Cattleyas to the tall, single stalk Peristeria (“Dove Orchid”), to the miniature Dendrobiums. Many genera of orchids lend themselves to cross pollination and hybridization and so there are new species of orchids being created every day, in addition to the new species that are being discovered in the wild.

My “Orchid Portraits” collection is a series of images that capture the richness, texture, simplicity, and complexity of these flowers. Each orchid plant, each individual bloom, is a work of art in nature. My objective in “Orchid Portraits” is to present these flowers as clearly and as accurately as possible, and to capture the essence of their inherent beauty.

I am currently working on a multi-year project with the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to photograph all of the orchids in their collection as they bloom- more than 6000 different plants! My hope is that my photographs of these beautiful flowers bring joy and brighten viewers’ lives, even if just for a little while.

You can see more of my “Orchid Portraits” by visiting my website at http:/​/​www.​OrchidPortraitsOnline.​com

Other projects can be seen by visiting my fine art website at ​http:/​/​www.​PaulDonohoePhotography.​com

You may contact me for exhibition inquiries, workshops, print purchase or more information at 201-294-7880 or [email protected]

Paul Donohoe
February, 2013

Phragmipedium grande

Brassolaelia Richard Mueller x Encyclia spatella

Dendrobium lawesii 'Raspberry Sundae'

Anguloa Species Closeup

Cycnoches schmidtianum

Dendrobium Pentapterum 'Ron' Black & White

Cymbidium 10194 Happy Days 'Green Gragon' BM/CSA

Cymbidium Autumn

Cattleya mossiae var. alba

Potinara Sweet Norma 'Hilo Flame'

Paphiopedilum sanderianum 'Shin-Yi' SM/TPS x Paphiopedilum Lady

After Sandy

No Fishin'

Austin Museum

Austin Museum 2

Christian and Alexa