A love of nature and the inherent artistry of plant life is evident in the work of photographer and artist Karl Blossfeldt (1865 - 1932), despite his lack of formal photography training. To capture his subject at a larger scale, Blossfeldt crafted a homemade camera that was able to magnify the delicate details of plants up to thirty times. The complete collection of Blossfeldt's photos were published as Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature) in 1928 and, nearly a century later, the black and white images still look fresh, invite reflection and inspire future artists.
What's more spectacular than the curve of the yet-unfurled maidenhair fern or the buds of a forsythia?
One of the most lovely examples of framed Karl Blossfeldt botancials in situ come from Lauren Liess, whose recently-shared master bedroom revealed a curated gallery wall dotted with framed Blossfeldt photography.
Isn't Lauren's an example of a perfectly-executed collection of art? I sure think so.
Karl Blossfeldt: The Complete Published Work by Hans Christian Adam. I certainly plan to order a copy for myself!
Do you own any prints of Karl Blossfeldt's work?
Do you love it as much as I do?
Are you planning to pick up a copy of Blossfeldt's book?
Hope you, my sweet readers, have a wonderful weekend!