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In Flora, I delve into the myriad manifestations of plant life encountered in our daily lives, offering a poignant reflection on the often underestimated and overlooked verdant beauty that envelops us.
The history of botanical and plant-based photography, spanning from Karl Blossfeldt's meticulous 19th-century studies to the more aesthetically inclined endeavours of others, stands as a well-documented testament to our enduring fascination with the natural world. The plant-camera relationship, simultaneously innate and surreal, has historically served scientific and ornamental purposes. In this context, I have chosen the latter.
Opting for instant film as my medium, I found it to mirror the unique and ephemeral qualities of the plant life I capture. Like these botanical subjects, instant photographs possess a distinct, one-of-a-kind character.
In an era where green spaces steadily succumb to urbanisation and housing developments, these images become vital historical records, preserving the memory of our natural surroundings. They offer a glimpse of what may be lost to extinction, reminiscent of the uncertain fate of the polaroid in an ever-changing world.
Burning Bush (Eunonymus Alatus)
Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Reginae)
Red Ginger (Alpinia Purpurata)
Parrot's Beak (Heliconia Psittacorum)
Peruvian Lily (Alstromeria)
Alpine Rhododendron (Rhododendron Ferrugineum)
Broad-Leaved Everlasting Pea (Lathyrus Latifolius)
Snowdrop (Galanthus Nivalis)
English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
Dwarf Umbrella Tree (Schefflera Aboricola)
Arum Lily (Zantedeschia)
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