When my photog cousin Jeremy saw my Flora Forager art he told me I ought to check out Karl Blossfeldt. I took one look and there started a new love affair of the grandest proportions. At first I thought these photographs were just new black and whites. But no! Karl Blossfeldt made his own camera with a lens that could magnify the little details in flora before color photography and macro lenses existed. During a time of botanical prints, Blossfeldt gave a new, rare perspective on plants. He was published in many scientific journals of the time. I love the way he sets his fronds and puffs down on the table in artistic whorls and forces you to look in awe at the symmetry and form of nature.
This meadow turned into the favorite of many, but I know (and now you do too) that I was really just mooching off the Edwardian success of dapper young naturalist. (You can find more of my work on Instagram. My usual @Bridgetbeth or @flora.forager)
I mention Karl Blossfeldt in an interview I did for the New York Botanical Garden shop. You can view it here: http://nybgshopblog.org/2014/11/14/interview-flora-forager