Heather Saunders, a local photographer, producer and creative consultant, is getting ready to release her inaugural, self-published book on her work with Flower House Detroit. The book showcases her photography from the project, reflects on her thoughts and recounts her experience.
As you may recall, we covered the opening of Flower House on “In the D” this past fall. To refresh your memory, Flower House was a vacant house turned into a flower installation project. Founder Lisa Waud packed the house from top to bottom with fresh, living flowers.
“The Flower House project appealed to me on so many levels, too many to count, but basically it was the ability to work with a team of women I admire and create images of a large scale art installation like no other to date within the city,” Saunders said. “It was important for me to document the process and the event so that those that were not able to attend could feel the energy, see the effort and finally the completed design.”
Saunders, who also does a lot of work in commercial and wedding photography, is planning to release her book around June. The book, titled “Flower House Detroit,” allows for those who experienced the project to relive the experience, or paints a picture for those who missed the event. To preorder the book, please visit www.flowerhousebook.com.
Saunders has been a photographer for 19 years. She draws her inspiration from graphic art and architecture, and is always looking at everyday items in interesting ways.
“The city (of Detroit) has always been a great source of inspiration. My first job out of high school in 1988 was working at a coffee shop in the New Center building, so my love of walking into the Fisher Building every day after my shift was a great source of making me look around, beyond the blight and seeing the true beauty of the history and the people and the old mansions in Brush Park to the amazing International Style architecture the city is filled with,” Saunders said. “Seeing the decay and now the redevelopment of areas throughout the city, has definitely played a huge role in the development of my eye and spirit as an artist.”