Friday, June 1, 2012
Nurture Studies, Diana Scherer
Photographer Diana Scherer grows her subject flowers from seed over a six-month period, confining their roots in a vase. When it is removed the exposed roots retain the shape of their now absent container, to be preserved in a single photograph. Scherer is inspired by 17th century botanical encyclopedias, which often showed roots as well as flowers, but these are far from the idealized specimens found in those illustrations. The flowers are common, the stems bent, the leaves browning, and the blooms imperfect; capturing the mortality of a real garden.