Thursday, November 17, 2011

Written in sand

Dornith Doherty, Seed Head 2, 2010

Dornith Doherty's photography is devoted to the investigations of the variety, the resourcefulness and the fragility of the plant kingdom, and of the natural environment extensively. She especially focuses on the struggle to preserve nature's diversity, shown through a beautiful combination of microphotographs of plant seeds and a images showing the interiors of seed banks around the world.

Dornith Doherty, Drying Seeds and Pliers, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 2009

Before that, she made several photographic series, like Altered Terrain and Constructed Landscapes, where for example she combines still lives made of natural specimens with projections of photographs of the places where these were collected.

Dornith Doherty, After the Rain, 2005

Her mini dioramas bear a striking resemblance with Abelardo Morell's latest update of his Camera Obscura work, called Tent Camera, in which he photographs the projection coming through the pinhole and falling on the ground.

Abelardo Morell, Tent-Camera Image On Ground: View of Cerro Castellan and Tuff Canyon. Big Bend National Park, Texas, 2010

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