Samuel Zeller‘s series ‘Botanical’ – soft, blurry impressions of exotic plants seen through the translucent glass of greenhouses throughout Europe, with a bit of inspiration from Claude Monet, August Renoir and Gustave Caillebotte. By capturing a refracted reality, these images reveal the painterly beauty and a rare serenity of such hidden gardens found in the heart of each city.
“I’ve always enjoyed going to museums, and I developed an attraction for painting, specifically Impressionist ones. In my personal and mostly abstract work I aim to give something for the viewer to interpret without giving away the subject instantly. I’d like to inspire people to love art more, to visit museums, to admire painters, artists and most importantly to dream more. Photography for me isn’t just about capturing reality, it’s also about giving the viewer a bit of a recipe to help them see the world differently.” (Rucksack Magazine)
Steve Harries personal project ‘Studio Botanical‘ – a modern interpretation of vintage botanical encyclopedia with a deeper insight into the studio photographic process.
“Traditional botanical journals were an obvious inspiration, and it’s hard to not find yourself simply recording the delicate beauty of a flower. However, it was important that the series should be a modern interpretation – a book which does more to inform of the photographic process in the studio than the botanical one in the field.”
With commercial advertising around every corner, it is easy to view everything in a passive way. Inspired by the botanical illustrations of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Kenji Toma started a series of flowers showing their ‘unreal’ beauty as a revival of the concept of the botanical encyclopedia from the 19th century.
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.”
Daniel Shipp – Botanical Inquiry
Watch this short video to get an idea about the process of making ‘Botanical Inquiry’ series.