Henry Fox Talbot once wrote to his friend, the astronomer Sir John Herschel, asking him for any spare plant bulbs he might have to practice his new technique that he called ‘photographic drawing’ a technique he believed would be of great help to botanists. Herschel came up with a name that stuck – photography.
This is a series of images I’m working on through 2019. Tillandsia, commonly known as air plants, are a fascinating group of plants with an extraordinary range of morphologies. I’m particularly interested in creating relatively minimalist images of these plants that capture their variety of form and the way in which they interact with light. The plants themselves often have adapted cells on their surface to help with the trapping of water, in turn these give their leaves a variety of colours, from silver-grey through to green. Each plant, it seems, reflects light differently providing an almost endless set of possibilities for the photographer.