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, indeed 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. Blossfeldt's work, however, 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!
I intentionally shot the images as jpegs, using FujiFilm's Acros film simulation and in-camera settings that mainly entail boosting the shadow tones to around +2 and the highlight tones to +1 with a very slight warming of the resulting jpeg.