Series of photographic portraits exploring the form and function of seed dispersal. Individually, each work is a fine art portrait illustrating the architecture of a fruit (seed pod). Collectively, the series reveals the staggering diversity of textures, colors, and forms that species have evolved in pursuit of survival and reproduction. I have collected all specimens myself, either in the wild or at participating botanic gardens and arboreta. Selected exhibitions & commissions include the Royal Botanic Garden Kew, London; Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University; University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley; Los Angeles Natural History Museum.
A text index of all species, listed alphabetically by scientific name, is here.
From the first autumn in Los Angeles to a spring in London, the full catalogue of specimens collected throughout the world and photographed for my Dispersal project.
I collected all specimens on site, in various season of 2013, 2014, 2015. In January 2017 I hung a solo show at the Garden, in the Julia Morgan Hall, Berkeley, California.
I collected all specimens on site, primarily in autumn and winter of 2010, 2011, and 2012. In October 2013 a solo show, Dispersal: Arnold Arboretum, was exhibited in the Hunnewell Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
Collected in Southern California, in the wild and in gardens, between 2009 and 2017.
Collected in London, southern France, northern Iraq, and elsewhere, between 2009 and 2017.
I’ve written about the Dispersal photographs for the following publications:
INKQ, a large-format quarterly newspaper about science & art, “Dispersal” // Issue 02 June 2018
Arnoldia: Magazine of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard, “Dispersal” // Volume 71, no. 2. Autumn 2013
Harvard Magazine // Jan 2014 “The Sorcery of Seedpods” (interview & video)
Evolve, Journal of The Ecology Center, “Seed Pods as Shelter” // Issue 09 Spring 2014
HYMN: Fear, the Laboratory Arts Collective, "Death in the Garden" // Issue IV 2014
Print. The Dispersal series was first published as a series of blog articles in Print magazine, "Botany Blueprint" // 2011-2012