by Iain Gilmour December. 13, 2019 306 views

Nigella orientalis seed heads make for a fascinating subject, reflecting light off their flat surfaces and with exquisite patterns. This is a follow-on study from an earlier project on a variety of seed heads, this time the focus is purely on this single species. Given the common name 'transformer' to reflect the transformation that takes place from flower to seEed head.

A study inspired by the work of Karl Blossfeldt who included natural ageing, wilting and drying out as part of his isolated plant universe. Blossfeldt apparently would trim and tweak his specimens until they seemed, to him, to look their best. He often made extensive use of repetition to lead the viewer into a more perceptive appreciation of the image presenting his specimens in a way that emphasised their rhythmic forms to the extreme and the enabling the plants to take on new and exotic characteristics

I photographed these as jpegs, using FujiFilm's Across film simulation with a very slight in-camera warming of the image and a boost to shadow and highlight tones.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

Amazing work Iain. This is what photography should be about.

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 6 months ago

Fantastic set! I enjoyed scrolling back and forth to look at them all a second and third time.

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

Love it

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