Photographic pictures of flowers are particularly moving in their added quality of frailty and transiency, I think. It seems as if looking at a bouquet of flowers in a photograph serves to underline better the inescapable passing of time, which was however worth stopping for a moment and then for far far longer, thanks to a still...
The contemplative pose of the young woman underlines the existential quality of that hour. Her hand resting on a yellow rose adds a tactile suggestion to the image.
Another excerpt from the beautiful album, Twilight of the Romanovs. Photo by Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Washington D.C.