” I have fully embraced all the (new) technology, and would not want to be without it, but fear the loss of the beautiful record of books common over the last two centuries.”
Dr. Dain L. Tasker’s ‘X-rays of flowers’ – most sublimely minimalist images of flowers.
Dain Tasker (1872 – 1964) was the chief radiologist at Wilshire Hospital in Los Angeles when radiology was in its beginning stages. He had been also an amateur photographer for years, but had not connected his hobby with his profession until he used an x-ray machine for what it is fundamentally intended to do: take photographs. And hence one of the most fascinating series of photographs emerged on the anatomy of flowers – fragile, ghost-like representations.
Exploring the quietly menacing effect, unremarkable plants as storytelling elements were collected and staged against the backdrop of common urban environments.
“By manipulating the optical and staging properties of photography with an analogue machine that I have constructed, I have produced these studio based images in camera rather using Photoshop compositing. They rely exclusively on the singular perspective of the camera to render their mechanics invisible.”
Watch this short video to look into the process of making ‘Botanical Inquiry’ series.
“It is an attempt to visually weave together strands of both cultural history and family history, while paying homage to painters I love, like Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and De Chirico.
The series are an open-ended novella told in still photographs. Each one of them portrays an episode in the life of a fictional Jewish family living in on an unnamed street in Kazimierz, the historical Jewish section of Kraków, Poland, in the year 1930.”