PhotoED Magazine – Winter 2023 DIGITAL EXTRA

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SPECIAL EDITION

BOTANICALS

WINTER 2022/2023
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JULYA HAJNOCZKY

at the last judgement we will all be trees BDes, 2013, Photography, Alberta University of the Arts

“My work is a critical examination of our relationship with the natural world. Using a high-resolution scanner as my camera, I compose intimate portraits of ecosystems, fragmented, speculative near-future landscapes. The images are elegiac, dark, mourning; showing us not the rich world we live in, but the world we are about to lose.” obscura-lucida.com

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RACHEL NIXON Vancouver, BC

THE GARDEN OF MAGGIE VICTORIA

My ongoing project honours my great-grandmother, who was mostly forgotten after dying at an early age in 1943. The series combines family archives with my own contemporary images to recognize her talent as a gardener. I aim to restore the story of a woman to whom I owe my existence.” rachelnixon.com

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FEATURING:

AL SZAJMAN

ALEX NEUMANN

AMANDA DEVISON

ANASTASIA SPIVAK

ANGELINA BARRUCCO

APRIL HICKOX

ASHLEY MARIE SCHOFIELD

ASHLEY SENJA

BOHDAN HRYNYSHYN

BRENDA LAKEMAN

BRIANNA NYKILCHYK

CARL RITTENHOUSE

CAROL HOW

CHARLOTTE BABAD

CHLOE LUKAS

CLARE ROSS

COREY ISENOR

DEEDEE MORRIS

DIANNE BOS

ELA KUROWSKA

HEDY BACH

JEANNE GERMANI

JUDY H. MCPHEE

KARENE-ISABELLE JEAN-BAPTISTE

KATHERINE CHILDS

KATHRYN REILLY

KATRINE CLAASSENS

KIRA TURNER

LAURA JANE PETELKO

LAURA KAY KEELING

LAURIE MINOR

LINDA BRISKIN

LISA ELIN/PHOTOGRAFFISTA

MARIE-LOUISE MOUTAFCHIEVA

ORYSA STEIN

OSHEEN HARRUTHOONYAN

PATRICIA ELLAH

SHAELYNN TREDENICK

SHELLEY WILDEMAN

STEVE KEAN

SUE NURMI

THEODORA MITRAKOS

TOMMY FEILER

TRACY METZ

YASMEEN STRANG

YVETTE CAKPO

8 RESOURCES
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FROM THE INVENTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY

to today, botanicals have appeared throughout the timeline of the medium. From the early cyanotypes of English botanist Anna Atkins, to the sensuous blooms in dye transfer prints by Robert Mapplethorpe, the long history of art records our fascination with botanicals of all kinds.

It has been exciting and rewarding to review the diverse images submitted for this edition and to see the compelling ways photographers explore the natural world. Many found new voices or sought comfort during the pandemic, such as Jennifer Long and Ryan Van Der Hout. For others, such as artists Danny Custodio, Phyllis Schwartz, and T.M. Glass, botanicals are consistent elements in their lives and work.

Botanicals are an enduring unifier; their beauty entrances all but the incurable.

The contemporary artists selected to appear in this issue have presented unique perspectives and mastery of this evolving medium.

My vision for this special edition was to showcase the selected works as we might experience them in an art gallery. Slowly, with contemplation, and with room to breathe.

I hope you enjoy the outstanding work featured in this latest issue in the same way you might savour viewing an exhibition or photobook. With the onset of winter, may this issue bring warm rays of delight and inspiration.

Your issue curator, Peppa Martin IG: @thecommotion.ca thecommotion.ca

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A few resources to help you cultivate some fresh ideas

FLOWER: EXPLORING THE WORLD IN BLOOM

Phaidon Editors, with an introduction by Anna Pavord

Grey skies getting you down? Open a copy of Flower and step into all the colours of a perpetual summer. The book is a beautiful catalogue of how flowers have been portrayed in historical and contemporary art. Photography is well represented so you’ll see Robert Mapplethorpe and Karl Blossfeldt, but you’ll also come across work by T.M. Glass, Nobuyoshi Araki, and even Martin Parr. Each page highlights a single work with a brief contextual discussion and draws attention to key features, and is printed at the highest quality. Treat your eyes and inspire your own photography!

Hardcover, 2020, 352 pages $74.95 + shipping Phaidon www.chapters.indigo.ca

THE GARDENER

Director Sébastien Chabot Films Reflektor, 2016

Filmed over the course of four seasons near La-Malbaie in Quebec’s Charlevoix region, The Gardener tells the story of the Jardins de QuatreVents (Gardens of the Four Winds). A testament to the vision of Francis Cabot, the gardener in question, the gently paced documentary contemplates the pleasure of designing and enjoying beautiful spaces. The movie is not only a window on the beauty of the evolving gardens, but also gives a glimpse into Cabot’s mind as he creates and anticipates his visitors’ responses. He claims, “Gardeners are all, I suppose, trying to recreate the Garden of Eden.”

88 minutes (full length on Prime) 44 minutes (TV version on CBC Gem) Also available in French as Le jardinier

ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

More and more, plants are not just the subject of photographs but also the substance. As we try to reduce our impact on the planet, it is good to be aware of natural options that are less likely to poison the environment (and ourselves!), particularly in connection with wet darkroom processes. The UK’s Alternative Photography website presents information about alternative processes such as how to brew your own chemistry (think coffee, mint leaves, or seaweed), and also gives readers the chance to connect with like-minded artists, and to view and exhibit work. Canadian photographers will get value from the excellent online bookstore, given restrictions on shipping chemicals internationally.

www.alternativephotography.com

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ABOVE: “Growth” from the book Amity

The concept of this image is that the earth is growing with the rocks, engulfing it within its core, soon to become one. It represents how friendship grows and is inspired by the saying “you are who you surround yourself with.”

BIPOC TALENT IN BLOOM

ONE OF THE MOST DYNAMIC things about the BIPOC Photo Mentorship Program (BPM) is how diverse our mentees are in terms of their interests and the challenges they face as they emerge towards professional practice.

Mentee Natalie Asumeng had long worked with elements of nature and the mentorship program came at an opportune time to help her move her work forward in meaningful ways as she pushed through pandemic and post-post-secondary graduation malaise.

She says, “As I graduated during the height of the pandemic, lots of art grads lost their passion to make work, including myself. I wanted to break out of that mindset, so I applied for the mentorship to see if that would give me the spark of creativity I needed. Joining the BIPOC Photo Mentorship Program was the beginning of a new desire to continue being an artist outside of school.”

Pandemic pressures weren’t all bad. In fact, Natalie seemed to lean into it: “The absence of institutionalized value systems led to non-traditional spaces such as living rooms becoming used as studios and gallery spaces where individuals felt safe to play with different mediums and forms of creating.” She goes on to describe her project A Dimension of Creative Invasion and Identity Confrontation : “This scene (next page) represents a moment of time and the act of deconstructing aspects of one’s identity through creative play within an everchanging sanctuary.”

Natalie worked with mentor Jessica Thalmann who helped her continue to

Natalie Asumeng and Jessica Thalmann (inset).
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ABOVE: From a collaborative series with Ceramicist Tamara “Solem” Al-Issa for a project called DEALR Project. The name of the series is A Dimension of Creative Invasion and Identity Confrontation. Our project was an attempt to explore the rebirth of post-

modernist play by creating a scene where the imagery is ironic, liminal, and surreal.

BELOW: From the series Candle Holder. This image uses the playful concept of turning food into everyday objects: in this case, candles.

explore her work with natural elements, eventually creating two books and securing a grant through the Ontario Arts Council.

The variety of opportunities on the BPM website meant that Natalie’s interests in bookmaking, grant writing, and learning more about artist-run culture were matched with Jessica, who recalls, “Natalie’s editorial and fashion work was engaging and unusual, and I was most of all impressed with her uncanny ability to combine text and image in a compelling way. Her design sensibility was fresh and all her work was imbued with a sense of surrealism and intimacy. Her books Sunsum (2021) and Amity (2022) are my favourite works she has made over the course of the pandemic and this mentorship.”

Natalie credits her time with the BPM as crucial in getting these books made. She says, “Having sessions with Jessica inspired me to create two books. Sunsum is about reflection for people who might feel overwhelmed by life. Through images and poetry, the book encourages readers to focus on taking a break and absorbing the nature and the environment around them. The photographs are close-ups of locations engulfed in vegetation. This guides the viewer towards the greenery and examining and observing its ordinary yet unique appearance.

“My second book Amity is about the process of friendship. Through an abstract concept, I tell the story of how relationships are formed and how they can fade away. Creating these books with my mentor’s guidance helped me kick-start my passion. Within our sessions, we also discussed the gallery industry and my aspiration to pursue different creative careers to better myself as an artist.”

Though the mentorship has officially ended, Natalie and Jessica are still in touch. Natalie is still working with botanicals and food and is currently the Educator in Residence at Doris McCarthy Gallery. Jessica’s commitment to mentorship has prompted her to join the BPM steering committee while she continues to offer mentorships. She echoes a familiar sentiment among mentors involved in BPM when she says, “Mentoring and teaching is a significant part of my practice that I cherish. Some of the most meaningful moments and best words of wisdom in my career have been shared by watching and assisting other artists and I want to pay that forward to a new generation of photographers.”

For more information and to join the program, please visit www.bipocphotomentorship.com and follow us on Instagram: @bipocphotomentorship

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BOTANICALS

Since inception, photography has evolved through three distinct eras: plate, film, and digital.

With the advent of new technologies, each previous method was thought to become outdated, and abandoned in favour of new, exciting developments.

In this special issue, we find this perception to be wholly disproved. Here we discover that photographers continue to embrace the gamut of artistic approaches, from vintage alternative processes through to current applications of augmented reality, generative and digitally manipulated work.

Indeed, botanicals have been a source of inspiration for artists throughout the history of the medium, and continue to be a constant and reliable subject for any desired style, mood, and method.

I’m excited to present this selection of thoughtful work by talented lens-based artists, as both a celebration and a legacy in print.

CURATED BY PEPPA MARTIN

TRACY METZ

Floral Noire Edmonton, AB

IG: @tracymetz67

DIANNE BOS

BioDiversity

Series

Calgary, AB

Using analog pinhole photographic processes, I aim to draw attention to the contrasts and echoes between the worlds of botanical gardens, biodiversity gardens, and the natural environment.

www.diannebos.ca

OSHEEN HARRUTHOONYAN Still Life

New York, USA

From a series of photographs shot on large format black and white film. Inspired by Peter Greenaway’s study of decay and human culture in “A Zed and Two Noughts”, Dutch Still life paintings. Abstract and painterly effects are created by manipulating the films emulsion.

www.osheenh.com

DEEDEE MORRIS

Shifting Polarities: Portraits of Renewable Abundance Three Fathom Harbour, NS

This project explores fluid spaces within the intersections of gender and our connection with the non-human world (both organic and synthetic) from a masculine-identifying perspective. deedeemorris.com

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ALEX NEUMANN

I See Stars Toronto, ON

The idea I’m working with is the propensity of humans to create symbols and attach meaning and affiliation to them. My photographs are manipulated by software that mirrors portions of the image into 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 sections, each containing a star. Star-like patterns represent a number of spiritual faiths and cultures. alexneumann.art

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Mississauga, ON Collision (2019 - present) 2’ x 4’ prints.

“Collision” explores my experience with suicidal ideation, how disconnected I have felt about my physical existence, and how avoiding this feeling turned my reality into a dream-like-fantasy as a way to cope while moving throughout life.

I have transformed negative experiences into positive ones by assembling or dissecting my artworks to find meaning in my subconscious. Every situation is a learning experience and sharing my artwork with others has helped develop a clearer understanding of my own feelings.

EMMA
https://linktr.ee/juliettetheartist

KATHERINE CHENG

[Dis/Re]Connected: Through the Senses Aurora, ON

In dense urban centres, humans can feel disconnected from nature. By isolating our senses in the wilderness, it can be a meditative experience for healing. In this series, through an immersive recreation of forest bathing practices, I hope people can reflect, re-centre and reconnect with nature.

Left: “Scent,” – Wild Man, known as “Yeah Man” in Chinese, gently cradles and smells a turmeric plant that he had grown. Growing and making his own tea and food, Wild Man teaches his way of living inviting people to spend time on his farm.

Right: “Touch” – Amanda Yik, a forest therapy guide, puts her hand over her heart as she feels the breeze and sunlight on her skin. In 2007, she was diagnosed with cancer. It was through gentle nature walks that she found comfort and grounding that nothing else offered.

www.katherinekycheng.com

SHAELYNN TREDENICK Metanoia Ottawa, ON

I feel compelled to scan. I grew up surrounded by my mother’s passion in creating an oasis of a garden every year, yet I am still not able to keep a flower alive. Despite my lack of a green thumb, I pour that same emotion into each piece I construct. www.shaelynntredenick.com

SONIA LÉTOURNEAU

The thread Montreal, QC

Withered flowers as a metaphor for the states of human beings and the thread that repairs, connects, consolidates, strengthens, and supports us.

IG: @ sonia.sonia1410

HUAIJUN WEN PLANTILLUSION

Toronto, ON

This self-portrait is a visualization of a fantasized utopia where my house plants and I have dislodged from reality, as we form a bonded union undisturbed by the rest of the world.

www.huaijunwen.com

KIRA TURNER

Botanicals

& other things Cambridge, ON

An examination of the beauty inherent within a dying planet. A portrait of things that have exceeded their best by date. Sitting for weeks, even months, something magical happens - a transformation from first blush to complete collapse.

www.kiraturner.ca

ORYSA STEIN

Floral Portraits Winnipeg, MB

This image is from an ongoing series focused on floral details that many may miss. From veins in petals to pollen dust, I am constantly inspired by the unique qualities of flowers.

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IG: @orysasteinphotography

ASHLEY SENJA

Growing Pains

Toronto, ON

This piece is a visual depiction of struggle in tandem with the beauty that is growth. My work is self-portrait based, and choosing to put it out in the world is important for not only my own growth, but to contribute to diversification of bodies we see in photography. ashleysenja.com

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RODERICK CHEN Impermanence Montreal, QC

I explore the beauty within the ordinary, observing the simplicity of nature caught between summer and winter.

IG: @chenfoto

DAVID GRAY

Life on the Pond

Vancouver, BC

Driven to reveal new ways of seeing abstract shapes and patterns in nature, I have always maintained a passion for uncluttered design, rich tonal ranges, and a finely-crafted print. www.davidgrayphotography.ca

JASON NIELSEN

The Spirit of Eden Vancouver, BC

From the oldest surviving tree species, to an ancient flowering plant that evolved before the existence of bees, The Spirit of Eden focuses on the primordial world that surrounds us all. Printed on Japanese paper and layered with gold leaf, this iridescent image aims to penetrate the surface of everyday experience and uncover a deeper reality - one that celebrates the interconnection at the heart of all things.

IG: @ /jnielsen_photo

LAURA JANE PETELKO

Phototropic Toronto, ON

This work is inspired by the idea of “phototropism”; plants and organisms as naturally drawn to find the light. The work born out of a primal instinct to be at one with nature. To submerge into water and charged, fresh, botanical life.

www.laurajanepetelko.com

PATRICIA ELLAH

Untitled Toronto, ON The grace of flowers as they exist in their space.

IG:@patriciaellah

KRIS MOORE

Beach Trash with Floral USA

Trash on the beach is an abomination, especially when it’s made of plastic. I pick up what I can, bring it into my studio and pose it in contrast with natural beauty. Sometimes plastic is funny.

www.krishodsonmoore.com

LISA ELIN / PHOTOGRAFFISTA

Femme Fleurs

Pierrefonds, QC

The pandemic restricted access to my usual inspiration from travel. Instead I focused my photography on natural surroundings found closer to home. www.photograffista.com

CAROL HOW Personality Surrey, BC

All botanicals are intrinsic and essential to life. Each plant or blossom contributes to our life. I perceive each one as unique, and attempt to capture in my own abstract way, some essence of that communication.

IG:@carol_how

RICHELLE FORSEY

Content Aware Gardens

Guelph, ON Content Aware Gardens are cultivated green spaces of my lens-based photographs of botanical life made in collaboration with AI. They are reimaginings of the beautiful chaos of forests and gardens, and a digital sanctuary from the current moment.

www.richelleforsey.com

BRIAN LAVERY

Above Below Port Alberni, BC

For my first attempt at underwater photography I went wading in the puddles, ponds and streams of the Alberni Valley on Vancouver Island. This puddle was near Cherry Creek, not far from our house.

www.brianlavery.ca

DAPHNE FAYE BOXILL

Self-portrait with botanicals Toronto, ON

Being alone both behind and in front of the camera allows me to cultivate self-awareness, a feeling of safety and a space for me to be my most authentic self: vulnerable, reflective, curious, but also joyful, sensual and empowered.

dfboxill.com

KARENE-ISABELLE JEAN-BAPTISTE Her Flowers Montreal, QC

During the pandemic my mother would bring us flowers regularly. She felt they brought much needed joy during a difficult time. She happened to come on a day when I was taking portraits of my daughter wearing a very special dress and she suggested we include them. She was right.

IG: @KareneIsabelle

DALE M REID

DIVERSITY

Toronto, ON

My aim is always to present a unique perspective that allows for more than one interpretation. I view this work as a metaphor for diversity that is not always accepted in society. After leaving a corporate environment and changing genders, I have been exploring and developing my creativity.

www.dalemreidphotography.com

STEPHEN BRULE

Botanical Ambrotype Toronto,

ON

160 years ago the photographer was required to be equal parts chemist, technician and artist. Making photographic plates from scratch, the photographer was an Alchemist who possessed the power to conjure images of unmatched reality, using their photographic potions. After becoming disillusioned with the sterile nature of digital photography and its workflow, I fell in love with the wet plate collodion process which was tactile and required me to be hands on at every step. This enchanted process is used to enhance the mystical atmosphere in my images. I strive to create windows for the viewer to momentarily step into alternate versions of our world. www.stephenbrule.com

IG:@stephen_brule

LINDA BRISKIN FLEURS

Toronto, ON www.lindabriskinphotography.com

KATHERINE CHILDS

Finding Poetry Toronto, ON

Last year I had cancer surgery while living with a concurrent autoimmune disease. These medical challenges severely impacted my ability to make art, or engage in any kind of creative or physical activity. I was afraid of death and permanent disability. Friends and family sent me flowers. I used my smartphone to take pictures around the house. Simply holding my phone was painful and the pain was terrifying. But, I was determined to create images. I pushed past the debilitating pain, and processed the possibility of death. The darkness in this series of photographs reflects the complex of emotions I experienced.

IG:@ khchilds

E ROSS BRADLEY

Hythe Garden Edmonton, AB

Northern Alberta has long warm summer nights that encourage gardens to flourish. Transplant a Dutch artist with a passion for flowers and you have the formula for a luxurious field of colour. The challenge for an artist is to try and capture just a little of natures magic.

www.eross.ca

LAURA KAY KEELING

All

My Friends Hamilton, ON

I explore how we form connections with each other and nature. I think about reciprocal care and how one might engage and interact with other humans, plants/animals, and what the relationship of caring for each looks like. I scan, photograph, press and repeat.

www.laurakaykeeling.com

BRIANNA NYKILCHYK

a. failure. to. change. Ottawa, ON

As a queer, nonbinary, neurodivergent interdisciplinary artist, working with textiles, fibre arts, photographic processes’ and sculpture, I explore themes of identity, the environment, memory and my perception of the world.

The process of making something physical with my hands is important to my practice.

In this work, I created digital scans of cyanotype prints as a way of referencing ways we continue to destroy the planet with deforestation, natural disasters, and colonialist and capitalist expansion, with only a hazy memory of what remains. IG: @b.nykilchyk

CLARE ROSS

Conversations With Nature

King City, ON

In Conversations with Nature, I work with natural forms that have died and fallen apart and I rebuild these organic structures, with no adhesives, in whatever way they will allow. The back and forth between myself and the organic pieces feels like a negotiation, a conversation. Once I feel we are getting somewhere with a constructed bloom, I light and photograph it. This process can take hours or even days. The progression of each sculpture requires numerous photographs, but it is obvious when the final image has been achieved. The result is a foray into a post apocalyptic world; what can we reconstruct once everything is lost? Of course I can never achieve the perfection that these plants achieved alone in the natural world.

www.clareross.ca/collections-conversations

APRIL HICKOX

Observance

Toronto, ON Observance is an ongoing series of still and video images that explore our relationship to time and personal history in context of our relationships with others and our response to the healing properties of nature. Using a still life as a metaphor for the ephemerality of time, each photograph recalls a person in the artist’s life.

Experience the video via THIS LINK.

The video works record her hands removing and reordering the flowers in the vases, acknowledging how memories and loss shift over time. Observance is informed by the history of floral photography and painting, moving beyond traditional still life with repetitive capture and a grid or works. Through this process the arrangements change and plants fade, while the vases remain ready to be filled again with fresh flowers for another day – offering countless possible narratives while echoing past lives.

Observance recalls the AIDS crisis and acknowledges a new cycle of awareness and mourning as people who

have made an impact on the artist’s life are also aging and reflecting on their experiences. This meditative work acknowledging how individual memories and the process of healing shift with time while honouring those who have passed and those who remain.

aprilhickox.com

PATRICIA KOZUBSKI Nurture Nature Kamloops, BC

I photograph my son showing me all the flowers he finds, using whatever camera I have on hand. DSLR, film, phone. It’s about bringing who you are to the parenting table with your child.

wildrootsart.ca

KERRI-JO STEWART Layered Blossoms Richmond, BC

This image was taken in my backyard during COVID isolation. I wanted to capture what I saw and how I felt about my garden. This a multiple exposure image created in-camera. http://www.KJ.studio

ANGELINA BARRUCCO

The Artificial Botanical Ottawa, ON

Increasingly, in our culture, nature has become an abstract concept. We have become divorced from direct contact with the natural. How is it that we are drawn to representations of nature but move farther from understanding or experiencing it?

www.angelinaphotographs.com

SHELLEY WILDEMAN

Compressed History Toronto, ON

Flowers compressed in a flatbed scanner, and fabric. This work was inspired by and begun during the lockdown days of the pandemic – when, we too were each in our own compressed space.

www.shelleywildeman.com

SHELAGH HOWARD Genus/species Halifax, NS

Genus/species is a body of work that explores the role labeling and language plays in our lives, exploring the human drive to classify self and other. The title of each piece is the taxonomic name of the flower: a refusal to label or make assumptions about the subject themselves.

www.shelaghhoward.art

SUE NURMI

High Key Flower

Nanaimo, BC

A simple flower in monochrome to highlight the delicacy of nature. www.suenurmiphotography.ca

ALLAN CAMERON

Wanning Tulips 2021

Wanning tulips, like fading memories, still beautiful … For the past two years I have been making images of waning tulips. I started this series while looking after my father, who had been diagnosed with dementia. https://abc-photo-album.smugmug.com/Home

KATRINE CLAASSENS

Dark Blooms Montreal, QC

Wild and feral plants collected from the railway tracks, pavements and vacant lots of Montreal bear witness to the diversity and beauty of nature that persists in these unintended, untended patches of life.

IG:@katrineclaassens

MARIE-LOUISE MOUTAFCHIEVA

Iris in the window Toronto, ON

A peaceful still life scene intended to translate a meditative quality just as you would watching the rain trickle down a window glass. www.marielouphoto.com

JUDY MCPHEE

Doubled Exposure Roses Salt Spring Island, BC

For me, photography is a way of life. I explore the world with my camera.

www.mcpheestudiogallery.net

THOMAS BRASCH

Oculus

Toronto, ON The Oculus series captures the beauty found in botanicals. The source image is reworked to enhance textures, fractal patterns and symmetry. Hyper-saturation gives the horticultural elements a vibrancy and secular mysticism.

https://thomasbrasch.com

LAURIE MINOR

Lines and Curves Ridgeville, ON https://laurie-minor.pixels.com

CARL RITTENHOUSE

Calla Lily Jordan Station, ON Natural forms, lines and shapes. https://carlrittenhouse.com

THEODORA MITRAKOS

Morphe: Soft-Focus Floral

Morphe is a series that examines florals from new perspectives using experimental photography techniques. Using reverse lens macro, I concentrate on form, shape, and colour.

theodoramitrakos.com

CHLOE LUKAS

Toronto, ON Preserving the associations that flowers carry through experiences and memories. IG: @chloelukasphotography

ELA KUROWSKA

Strange Blooms

London, ON

In Strange Blooms, I create fantasy botanical forms using translucent organic gels and plant parts. I design and build arrangements from color-tinted photoelastic gels, flower petals, and twigs, and I capture them in the cross-polarized light.

https://lightforms.ca

COREY ISENOR

Luxury of Lupins Halifax, NS

I’m interested in everything the natural world has to offer, and the separation between dominant Western culture and our connections with the natural world; a gap that appears to be continually growing.

My ideas present various sides of these relationships, taking into account the continually changing tourism of ‘natural beauty’ and the value of the landscape.

coreyjisenor.com

BOHDAN HRYNYSHYN

Mono no Aware: Papaver somniferum Edmonton, AB

My photographs are an exploration in the morphology of the natural environment. Nature is constantly under attack by urban, industrial, and agricultural expansion. This has substantially reduced the opportunities for individuals to experience and enjoy its natural beauty.

YASMEEN STRANG

Apoptosis: Disembodied Vestige Vancouver, BC

At the onset of the pandemic I stumbled across a quotation by the Nobel Prize winning author and activist, Olga Tokarczuk. Her words inspired me to create a series I call, Apoptosis.

She writes, “Reality has grown old and gone senile; after all, it is definitely subject to the same laws as every living organism — it ages. Just like the cells of the body, its tiniest components — the senses, succumb to apoptosis. Apoptosis is natural death, brought about by the tiredness and exhaustion of matter. In Greek this word means ‘the dropping of petals.’ The world has dropped its petals.”

My desire was to create imagery that reflected the world surrounding me at the time — lockdowns, illness, uncertainty, and fear but also the transcendent beauty resulting from the world hitting pause for a while. https://www.yasmeenstrangphoto.com

CHARLOTTE BABAD

Love Me in Bloom Toronto, ON

Working botanicals from a mental health angle, recognizing that the human body is both a work of art and the least fascinating part of a person, a tricky concept for me after years of medication have left their mark. A delicate reminder that there’s sometimes beauty in disaster.

lupineimagery.com

JEANNE GERMANI

Unfurl Norris Point, NL

Using ferns from my garden, I aimed to craft an image that held a strong nostalgic quality around the idea of unfurling: a transition to something new. I am intrigued by objects embedded with histories and stories; drawn to natural materials, especially those with imperfections or imbued with the beauty of decay. I work with Polaroid transfers to explore themes of memory, illusion and the ephemeral.

IG: @jeannegermani

STEVE KEAN

Devastating Beauty Toronto, ON

Death comes for every living thing. It’s simply a part of the whole. When my stepfather was dying he may not have known it, but he gave me the greatest gift. He showed me the beauty in death. He showed me grace and strength like I had never seen before. I had the privilege to bear witness to his passing from this life to whatever comes next. I know he was afraid. He taught me in those days and hours that it’s okay to be afraid of what is to come. More than that, he showed me how to face that fear. In the years that have followed, I seem to have been drawn to death in my photography, and it’s only now that I understand why. In dead and dying flowers I see the change from the abject beauty that everyone expects from a flower to the fading bloom. Petals that were once smooth and neatly ordered turn brown and develop wrinkles and curl up and eventually fall to the ground. Thank you, Al. For that one final lesson in life and for showing me what it truly means to live all of it.

www.stevekean.com

AMANDA DEVISON

Solar Powered Riverview, NB

YVETTE CAKPO

Blooming Roses Montreal, QC www.yvettecphotographe.com

ASHLEY MARIE SCHOFIELD

Macro: Pilea peperomia Richmond Hill, ON

This image of a pilea peperomia (Chinese Money Plant) is taken with a DIY macro lens made with old lens elements, a shoe box, and duct tape.

After exploring botany through topics such as naturally occurring geometry, and the qualities of growth and decay, I’ve wandered into reflections about an “ideal garden.” Then followed the question: would aligning ourselves with these laws make us worthy caretakers of this “ideal garden” and orient us towards achieving our most fruitful, highest physical and spiritual potential?

IG:@ashleymarieschofield

KATHRYN REILLY Floribunda Deal, UK

Using original images of exquisite blooms, I create complex digital collages in order to view the blooms in a completely different way – as elements of an organic man-made shape. www.kathrynsavillereilly.com

TOMMY FEILER

DANDELION (UNTITLED-080)

Wellington, ON

Asa Gray, the author of The Pertinacity and Predominance of Weeds, defines weeds as, “a useless or troublesome plants” (165). This “useless” dandelion, however, reveals a beneficial beauty when removed from its natural world, suddenly becoming otherworldly.

Gray, A. “The Pertinacity and Predominance of Weeds.” American Journal of Science, vol. s3-18, no. 105, 1879, pp. 161–167., https://doi.org/10.2475/ajs.s3-18.105.161

IG: @ thetommyfeiler www.tommyfeiler.com

BRENDA LAKEMAN Memory St. Albert, AB

Drawing on memories of gardening with my mom, and a love of the dramatic, moody, and symbolic paintings of the 16 & 17th-century Dutch still-life genre, I build and photograph still-life compositions that invite us to reminisce. www.brendalakemanphotography.com

ANASTASIA SPIVAK

A poppy for Ukraine Toronto, ON IG: @theanastasiaspivak

HEDY BACH

flora study Edmonton, AB bachcreative.com

MICHELINE GODBOUT

Dancing with Flowers Burlington, ON

Flowers as they dance in nature express the joy, graciousness and serenity that one seeks when life events, such as the pandemic, can isolate us into darkness. Flowers engage one into a pause of reflection where the seed of hope and resiliency can emerge.

IG: @mrgodbout

AL SZAJMAN

Secret Garden

Vancouver, BC

There is drama in gardens, where light, shadows, darkness and wind dance. Each of the four takes its turn leading and my goal is to capture the ever changing dance. IG: @al_szajman