In conjunction with my exhibit, the Arboretum’s quarterly magazine, Arnoldia, published a seven-page spread of my work. The issue is Volume 71, Number 2. Editor Nancy Rose included six of my full specimen portraits (seed pod photographs & companion texts) and an introduction discussing the project & illustrated with two photographs of collection locations (Lotusland Gardens in Montecito, California & a field near Jarmo, in Iraqi Kurdistan). Published since 1911, the magazine is a wonderful collaboration between living collection curators, research scientists, and contributing writers. I was extremely honored to have been invited to contribute. A full pdf of the story is here.
BOOK PROPOSAL / BOTANIC WALL CHARTS
!UPDATE!: 01.20.14 University of Chicago Press is very interested & reviewing the proposal. Fingers crossed. !UPDATE!
Way back in April, a publisher in the U.K. contacted me to write a proposal for a book about educational botanic wall charts. So many months later, we finished! My research involved discussing the project with repositories & libraries around the world whose collections include original prints of the charts. Here is an excerpt from the introduction I wrote:
Plate: Wild Arum (Arum maculatum), Dr. P. Esser (author) & Karl Bollmann (illustrator), Germany, from the book ‘Die Giftpflanzen Deutschlands’ (Poisonous Plants of Germany), published by Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn, Braunschweig, circa 188x.
‘Forme delle parti del fiore’ (Shapes of the parts of the flower), author: Prof Antonio Nerviani ; Antonio Vallardi (editor), Italy, from the book ‘Morfología y biología de las plantas’ (Morphology & biology of plants), published by School and Scientific Material, 1910.
PHOTOGRAPHY / NHMLA
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles commissioned me to shoot seed pods for an upcoming exhibit about biodiversity in Los Angeles. We collected specimens, which I photographed for a section on the diet of foraging parrots in the city.
Red flowering gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon)
PHOTOGRAPHY / ARNOLD ARBORETUM
I’ve moved back to Los Angeles (where the Dispersal project began) and am shooting specimens that I collected at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, for an exhibition that opens this October.