I wanted to create a more dramatic effect with this flower to bring out its strong features. They are so pretty and delicate, so creating a more graphic effect prompted me to use black and white. When I look at a flower I generally assess whether the final image with be in colour or black and white, and even though I shoot digitally I still process in the image (in my mind) with the old dark room techniques. I knew exactly how I was going to print this image – keeping the stamen in white, contrasting against the dark grey of the flower centre. I wanted to keep the petals light and delicate just as I had photographed them. The image is successful as the flower is almost ‘tutu’ like – the ballet dancer curtseying to the audience!