I can understand why the Dutch in 1637 were mad for tulips. Initially they were mad because they loved them so much, that tulips were selling for more than gold.
The bulbs, which originated in Persia and Turkey, were being hybridized by the Dutch into new forms and colors. The Dutch were so successful at creating the desire for these new bulbs that everyone went mad for tulips. Anyone that is who had the money to buy them. Sadly, also many people who did not have the money, were spending the equivalent of a years wages or the cost of their homes, to buy a Tulip bulb.
First Financial Bubble
Investors assign this ‘Tulip Mania’, to be the first financial bubble and as a prime example of people getting carried away while their investing and ending up with out a real asset. Within a week many people became bankrupt when the bubble burst. Then people were mad for Tulips, because they lost everything. They had been a symbol of wealth which faded very quickly.
Tulips are very reliable bulbs and the Dutch are still bringing great flowers to the market. Tulips have a strong form and color and can be predictable in their blooming time. They are loved especially in municipal plantings to provide great blocks of unified color. I especially think of the beds on the central divide of Fifth Avenue in New York city, with strong splashes of vibrant colors. Or the round fountain garden in the Conservancy Garden of Central Park with the huge plantings of tulips.
Strong Colors and Reliable
Tulips, are also wonderful individually. They bring such a strength of color that I decided to photograph some for fun in 90s and Galison Books created notecards with them. As I am going through my archives of photographs during lockdown these jumped out to me. I am going to start a new section on my ‘prints page’ of flower portraits so large prints of them are available for wall decorations.
Finding images for large wall prints
Going through old four by five film brings to mind all the wonderful opportunities I have had to capture and record beautiful gardens and homes. I am excited to now be able to share those images in another form as wall hangings rather than books and magazines. Beautiful large prints are beautiful especially for private and commercial spaces. I hope you enjoy watching www.mickhalesphotography.com, the print site grow.