Flax Flower

Flax Flower | Domestic, Fate, Kindness

Flax Flower | Victorian Flower Language | Tien Austin Photography | Seattle, WA

 

Flax Flowers (linum) represent the home, kindness and fate. Legend says that the goddess Holda lured a poor farmer into a cave on a mountain top. Once in the cave she appeared as a beautiful queen surrounded by maids, precious stones and gold. She then asked the farmer to name one gift of his choice, the farmer then asked her for the flowers in her hand. She gave him a bag of the flax seeds and taught the farmer how to make linen cloth from the plants.

Flax Flowers are blue with is associated with the number 7, the number of awareness, studious, knowledge and understanding.

Use the Flax Flower to communicate the comfort of home.

 

Flax Flower | Victorian Flower Language | Tien Austin Photography | Seattle, WA
Victorian Flower Language | Flax Flower | Tien Austin Photography | Seattle, WA
Flax Flower | Tien Austin Photography | Seattle, WA

Floral Dictionary

I have an obsession with flowers and plants. For the past few years I have compiled a dictionary of floral definitions based on symbolism assigned to each flower in the Victorian era. I've done various projects with this dictionary but I have recently decided to turn this project into a weekly post featuring a flower and it's definition. 

I'm so excited to finally have the inspiration and drive to start this project and I am even more excited to get out and start photographing flowers and sharing all the amazing information I've gathered about flowers.

If you have any suggestions or would like to see a specific flower please let me know! I can try my hardest to find it and share it with you. 

Welcome to my obsession.


Peony | Shamefulness & Bashfulness

Though in other cultures the Peony symbolizes wealth, beauty and grace during the Victorian era the Peony represented shamefulness and bashfulness. This is because in Greek myths nymphs used peonies to hide their naked bodies. 

There are many different types of Peonies that each have their own individual meanings. The variety in the photo is Coral Sunset, because it is pink the flower has romantic undertones. Though it the flower were white/light pink you could use this flower to share your regret for embarrassing yourself or someone else. 

Coral Sunset Peony | Tien Austin Photography | Seattle, WA | Victorian Flower Language

Plato's Allegory of the Cave

As I grow older I become more and more interested in reality and how our perception of the world shapes our lives around us. While reading Plato's Allegory of the Cave I was extremely intrigued. Plato's Allegory of the Cave is a theory where Plato claimed that to gain real knowledge you much gain it through philosophical reasoning rather than through opinion and senses. 

His theory was presented through a story of three men who had been chained inside of a cave since birth. Their arms, legs and heads secured so they had never been able to look at anything except the wall in front of them. Behind the prisoners was a fire and a raised walk way leading to the entrance of the cave. People would cross the entrance of the cave with animals and plants along with other assorted things. 

As people passed the entrance of the cave the prisoners could only see the shadows passing along the wall but not the people themselves. This caused them to believe the shadows were the only reality existing because they had never seen anything other than the shadows. 

One of the men eventually escapes the chains and becomes overwhelmed with the world outside. After spending sometime out of the cave he realizes that the life and images he was seeing in the cave was not real. He returns to the cave to tell the other prisoners what he has learned. The other prisoners do not believe him and become so upset they try to kill him. 

Each portion of the story represents man exploring and gaining philosophical reasoning. At the start of the story the man doesn't have a good understanding of the world because he is only perceiving the world through his senses and opinions. As the story goes on the man comes to understand the world by climbing up to the entrance of the cave, representing the philosophical awakening.  

Plato's Allegory of the Cave | Aspen Elizabeth | Tien Austin Photography | Seattle, WA
Plato's Allegory of the Cave | Aspen Elizabeth | Tien Austin Photography | Seattle, WA
Plato's Allegory of the Cave | Aspen Elizabeth | Tien Austin Photography | Seattle, WA
Plato's Allegory of the Cave | Aspen Elizabeth | Tien Austin Photography | Seattle, WA
Plato's Allegory of the Cave | Aspen Elizabeth | Tien Austin Photography | Seattle, WA

Model: Asepen Elizabeth

Location: Seattle, WA

By: Tien Austin Photography

Modified Style Portland Fashion Show

This past weekend I took photos and helped out at the Modified Style Portland fashion show. I loved the energy of working and shooting backstage/during the show. Hopefully there will be more fashion shows in the future I'll be blessed to shoot at. 

 

Modified Style Portland || Tien Austin Portrait Photography || Portland, OR
Modified Style Portland Fashion Show | Tien Austin Portrait Photography | Portland, OR
Modified Style Portland Fashion Show | Tien Austin Photography | Portland, OR

24

This year I turned 24 under the spectacularly starry skies in Hells Canyon, Oregon. The next day we spent swimming at Palouse Falls in 95 degree weather while swallows darted to their nests in the cliffs overlooking the river. I couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate my 24th trip around the sun and the beginning of summer. 

xo

Palouse Falls || Tien Austin Photography || 35mm
Palouse Falls || Tien Austin Photography || 35mm
Palouse Falls || 35mm || Tien Austin Photography
Palouse Falls || 35mm film || Tien Austin Photography
Palouse Falls || Tien Austin Photography || 35mm
Palouse Falls || Tien Austin Photography || 35mm
Palouse Falls || Tien Austin Photography || 35mm
Hells Canyon || 35mm film || Tien Austin Photography || Eastern Oregon
Yellow Flowers || 35mm film || Tien Austin Photography
Hells Canyon || 35mm film || Tien Austin Photography || Eastern Oregon
Hells Canyon || Oregon || 35mm film || Tien Austin Photography
Hells Canyon || 35mm film || Tien Austin Photography || Eastern Oregon
Hells Canyon || 35mm film || Tien Austin Photography || Eastern Oregon

Solipsism

I've been extremely intrigued with the idea of solipsism lately, the "view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist". Solipsism is the belief that reality and the world around you are representations of the individual and has no existence of their own and might not even exist.

There are times in my life where I feel like I am floating through a dream, walking through someone else's reality, which is probably why I've become so interested in the theory of Solipsism. 

Here are some images that play with that idea, modeled by Louis wearing clothes from Red Light Vintage. 

Solipsism with Louis || Tien Austin Photography || Seattle, WA
Solipsism with Louis || Tien Austin Photography || Seattle, WA
Solipsism with Louis || Tien Austin Photography || Seattle, WA
Solipsism with Louis || Tien Austin Photography || Seattle, WA
Solipsism with Louis || Tien Austin Photography || Seattle, WA
Solipsism with Louis || Tien Austin Photography || Seattle, WA
Solipsism with Louis || Tien Austin Photography || Seattle, WA
Solipsism with Louis || Tien Austin Photography || Seattle, WA
Solipsism with Louis || Tien Austin Photography || Seattle, WA
Solipsism with Louis || Tien Austin Photography || Seattle, WA
Solipsism with Louis || Tien Austin Photography || Seattle, WA

Hand Stitched Shirts

I've been wanting to create embroidered pieces for a while now and to see this vision come to life is absolutely amazing! These two pieces can be found on my etsy shop here

There are a handful more pieces in the works but let me know what you think so far!

Tarot Vintage | Seattle, WA
Tarot Vintage | Seattle, WA