Curious Trends - Natural history

12/09/2010

Botanical curiosities - a photographic study


Photographer Brittain Bright is a Harvard graduate who studied at the Slade School of Art and is currently a post graduate photography student at Goldsmiths College, working on a thesis on detective novels.  As a member of The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Bright was inspired by the Spirit Garden of the Herbarium, where they preserve plants that can’t be pressed. She feels these have a curious three-dimensionality, like cacti fruit. The plant specimens also have great scientific value as well as a mysterious, ghostly quality. Her aim was to illustrate this cabinet of botanical curiosities through a collection of staged photographs of in the style of a grotesque laboratory.
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