Night-blooming Cereus, 1988
Gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches
This photograph by Sally Mann is both provocative and vulnerable, powerful yet subtle. The highlights (high value shades) stand out in contrast with the darker figure of an adolescent girl. The photo captures a subtlety of womanhood and a mood of femininity by placing these contrasted images in a suggestive position (i.e. where her breasts are located). Also, the flowers are much more focused and detailed compared with the blurry, blended background. This creates emphasis on not only the flowers, but also on features of the girl, such as her mouth and neck.