In my research for expressing my love for the plant realm, I found a way to create a sort of herbarium. A photo herbarium, I mean. Thanks to alternative processes likeAnthotype, invented by sir John Herschel, I can create images directly from leaves, flowers and the sun, without using a camera (cameraless). This is my "Imago Plantarum" project. This photograph is made exposing the leaves composed on a sensitized paper (by juice extracted from poppy flowers) directly to the sun for many weeks. Then, the instable result is photographed and optimized digitally, then printed on c-print paper.
I love this kind of photography because it is connected with the concept of time (and patience), on one side, and with the light on the other side. Also, I feel me like an ancient botanist who search the beauty of leaf shapes in nature (there are more than 70 kind of leaf shapes in nature!).
paper, photography, anthotype, mat