Seed Heads

I have always found Karl Blossfeldt’s photographs of plants, flowers and seed heads as appealing today, as they no doubt were when they were published in his books Urformen der Kunst and Wundergarten der Natur. Henry Fox-Talbot’s calotypes and the cyanotypes of Anna Atkins had pioneered the use of botanical specimens as photographic subjects. However, Blossfeldt’s work was unique in its use macrophotography to emphasise the patterns and textures of plants. He wrote in Urformen der Kunst that he never obtained his plants from florists and rarely from botanical gardens instead gathering them from along country lanes preferring plants often denigrated as weeds as he found their forms fascinated him the most. For this project, these seedheads have come from our own country garden, including some that might be considered weeds! These images are all shot as jpegs, using FujiFilm’s Acros film simulation and in-camera processing that mainly entails boosting the shadow tones to around +2 and the highlight tones to +1 with a very slight warming of the resulting jpeg.