frozen botanical photography of freezing process by artist anna thurber
photographer artist anna thurber - maker of frozen botanicals

ABOUT ANNA

Artist Anna Thurber specializes in creating unique ice compositions and photographing the results. Her frozen compositions feature colorful flowers, plants and other items found in nature. Anna is excited to now offer Custom Artwork using flowers from special events, weddings, anniversaries, and more, to create lasting memories in a framed piece of art to suit your style.

process

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FREEZING FLOWERS IS nOT JUST "FREEZING FLOWERS"

The art of frozen botanicals is a complex process that involves careful composition of botanical materials followed by meticulous freezing. The freeze process often occurs in painstaking layers that each take hours to set, requiring multiple carefully timed visits to the freezer. During the freezing process, I also employ a number of techniques that can impact and enhance the appearance of the finished piece.

Planning + Composing 50%
Freeze. Wait. 30%
Layering + Tweaking 40%
More Freezing. More Waiting. 60%
Repeat Layering + Tweaking 30%
Unmolding 20%
Unexpected Wonderment. Pure Magic. 100%
Photography 50%

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I GROW MOST OF THE FLOWERS I FREEZE

I have a beautiful year-round garden at my home, and I love to walk through, watching the new blooms emerge with the changing seasons. The lifecycle of flowers fascinates me, and I love to document the process, capturing flowers as seed pods, full blooms, and spent petals.

artist photographer botanical ice maker anna thurber's spring garden

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THE PROCESS CAN GET REALLY INTERESTING

I use a variety of techniques to sculpt my freezing. Not only do I spend a lot of time freezing in meticulous layers, I also experiment with oxygen injections, dyes, and other processes to get an inventive result.

photographer artist anna thurber with a chainsaw in the process of creating frozen botanical art

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THE END RESULT IS ALWAYS UNEXPECTED — AND ITS NEVER THE END, ONLY THE BEGINNING

The un-molding process can be demanding — some freezes weigh upwards of 50lbs. And once a sculpture is removed from its mold, I have only moments to photograph it before it begins to melt and change.

frozen botanical photography of wisteria seed pod by artist anna thurber