Dispersal Project

‘Dispersal’ explores the myriad forms through which plants protect and disperse seeds. The portraits are a beautiful way to explore familiar and foreign species in a new way, and to consider the various forms species have evolved in the pursuit of survival and reproduction. A pdf of the full series is here.Selections from the series are indexed alphabetically:


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.

Published in Garden Design // August 2012 // Online (Excerpted) & pdf (full story). 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.

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