As a photographer whose interest is largely technical, I often find myself experimenting with various techniques, technologies and processes. It was in doing so that I discovered the aesthetic potential of the microscopic. In capturing these botanical micrographs, I aim to bring the elegance and natural beauty of evolution’s often unnoticed creations to an appreciable scale. Through magnification, dramatic lighting, focus stacking and digital manipulation I attempt to transcend the aesthetic qualities of the original specimens. For me these images are intimate portraits, each revealing the subject’s unique journey from conception to growth to its discovery and final transformation into a purely visual object, the photograph.
I draw much of my inspiration from the early pioneer of botanical macro photography, Karl Blossfeldt. While his images focused on the beauty of the subjects themselves, my work is more about the capturing of more mundane natural forms that can become interesting and aesthetically appealing when subjected to modern photographic techniques. Irving Penn’s series of formally composed macro photographs of cigarettes has also had a significant influence on my work. In these photographs he transforms ubiquitous, unremarkable, throw-away items into beautiful reproductions of simple yet texturally complex objects, each of which exhibits strong elements of form and tone. The presence and drama of Blossfeldt and the texture, form and tone of Penn are key references for this work.
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Exhibition space 7m x 3m
Prints approx. 600mm x 800mm