I recently watched the film Adaption directed by Spike involving a man who gets a job to write a screenplay from a non-fiction called The Orchid Thief written by Susan Orlean. .
The story is also partly driven by Susan’s expeditions of writing The Orchid Thief by interviewing John Laroche, an orchid hunter and botanist, which has no front teeth but contains all the wisdom in the world about orchids. Laroche says, “[W]hat's so wonderful is that every one of these flowers has a specific relationship with the insect that pollinates it. There's a certain orchid look exactly like a certain insect so the insect is drawn to this flower, its double, its soul mate, and wants nothing more than to make love to it… And neither the flower nor the insect will ever understand the significance of their lovemaking. I mean, how could they know that because of their little dance the world lives?”
It’s amazing how poetic the evolutionary pathway of an orchid can be. There lies a certain underlining behind the orchid itself, something that draws people to be infatuated at just the sight of one.
Famous photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was able to successfully showcase the ‘sexiness’, the passion, the nectar dripping intoxication that can be taken from photographs of orchids.
There is a whole world of orchids out there. Who would’ve thought, a simple plant could fruit so many stories, epitomize the image of sex, or even create conditions to send a man to jail.
What I learned is that orchids embody, they personify, and they withdraw an essence of a person and make it beautiful. They secretly want an audience, biologically it makes sense. However, what about in a human sense? People collect them, some photograph, and some steal, but why?
They have no words, they utter nothing-they simply sit and expose themselves to whoever has the ability to watch. But a voice ruminates, an internal voice, one that shouts and explodes an imprint within the viewer. It’s the audience that creates the meaning, and the meaning holds both the beauty of the orchid and the conscious of the person viewing.
Laroche stated, “In this sense they show us how to live - how the only barometer you have is your heart. How, when you spot your flower, you can't let anything get in your way.”
For Laroche, the orchid was love and passion. This made me realize the power of the orchid. The beauty, the wonder, the meaning behind orchids is held within the bounds of each petal, each stalk, each characteristic unfolds to become something unique and different. So whether it’s a Phragmidpedium kovachii or that person you have a crush on, ask yourself: What is your orchid?
For Quote: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0268126/quotes
For Norris Kingpin: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2012/September/Orchid-Kingpin-Mistake-Lands-Elderly-Gardener-in-Prison/
For Second Photo of Orchid: http://images.artnet.com/artwork_images_230_14233_robert-mapplethorpe.jpg
For Third Photo of Orchid: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7013/6805118377_c0698db6ef_b.jpg