La Traviata by Verdi is the most performed opera in the world. It is a heartfelt tale of a beautiful but fragile courtesan forced to give up the man of her dreams.
One of the key motifs in the opera is the camellia flower. Camellia flower symbolism in 'La Traviata,' is based on the novel "La Dame aux Camellias" by Alexandre Dumas. In the story, a courtesan named Violetta gives her love interest Alfredo a camellia flower and invites him to return when it has wilted. Violetta always wears a corsage of white camellia flowers; except for the few days a month she is unavailable.
The photographic art direction is made of a corsage headdress, which is captured through a series of images as it wilts and dies. She is dying of tuberculosis and the series of stop frames capture her taking her last breath.