I. Seed Pod Galleries
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Individually, each photograph is a fine art portrait of a unique botanic specimen; as a series, it is a scientific inquiry into the diversity of botanic design. The photographs are published in my column at Print magazine’s Imprint, where I write about their form and function. The project will be compiled as a book. Currently, the series is available for exhibition.
The project’s outreach includes partnering with botanic gardens and arboretums, including Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum (Boston), Lotusland (Santa Barbara, California), and the Hawai’i Tropical Botanical Garden (Hilo, Hawai’i).
Kurdistan: Recovering a Garden of Paradise
A region in northern Mesopotamia, Iraqi Kurdistan is home to mountains, steppes, and pastures that were part of the Fertile Crescent: the birthplace of agriculture—and, indeed, civilization—where ancient farmers nurtured a wealth of crops that would become staples throughout the world. Now, after years of war and sanctions, the country cannot feed itself. Markets are filled with foreign monocrops, heirloom fruits are disappearing, and fields are fallow. Imported greenhouses collapse in the wind, and the next generation of farmers rejects their inherited land.
This is the first in a series of photography essays that look at the relationship between people and plants in different countries. It was shot in conjunction with The Iraqi Seed Project, a documentary film about agriculture in the region.
Plants are a connection across time and place. I photograph botanic gardens and arboretums to compare how plants are defined, explained, and organized in different locations across the world.