Wild Dogwood
Wild Dogwood
Sunflower
Sunflower
Rhododendron Flower Bud
Rhododendron Flower Bud
Gray Coneflower Bud
Gray Coneflower Bud
Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossom
Sunflower
Sunflower
Doodle (Virginia Creeper)
Doodle (Virginia Creeper)
Viburnum
Viburnum
Grapevine Stem and Tendril
Grapevine Stem and Tendril
Alstroemeria
Alstroemeria
Peace Lily
Peace Lily
Greenhouse Mum
Greenhouse Mum
Goldenrod Gall
Goldenrod Gall
Botanical Studies
Maple Twig
Maple Twig
Periwinkle
Periwinkle
Grapevine Tendrils On Rhododendron Stem
Grapevine Tendrils On Rhododendron Stem
Tulip Poplar Leaf
Tulip Poplar Leaf
Milkweed Seed Pod
Milkweed Seed Pod
Viburnum Bud
Viburnum Bud

The photographs in this gallery are studies of plants. The subjects include dried seed pods, tendrils, florist flowers, and house plants. Some were living, some were dead, some were dormant - but all manifest a richness of form, structure, and texture.

The inspiration for this project is the work of early 20th century photographer Karl Blossfeldt. His close-up photographs of plants presented their subjects with startling realism that dramatically expressed their natural structures.

While inspired by Blossfeldt’s works, the goal of these photographs is to explore plants using contemporary photographic techniques. Among the techniques employed, these studio photographs utilize “focus stacking,” a process by which multiple images are combined to overcome the limitations of depth-of-field and diffraction that challenge high magnification photography. On average each image presented here is a composite of 62 separate exposures.

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