The beauty of familiar blooming plants can be metaphors for cycles of death and regeneration, as well as beautiful remnants of human presence. Botanica reflects the gentle and annual unfolding of the past in an urban Atlanta, Georgia neighborhood. 

 

Although the first inhabitants of this 1920s era community are gone and the surrounding skyline is punctuated by glittering postmodern skyscrapers, some of their original plantings remain. My methodology is to collect and scan plants as they emerge seasonally in the landscape. I digitally print the resulting images with pigment inks on photographic paper.

The sight and scent of these plants give a sense of connection to the neighborhood and its history. More broadly, they give a sense of place within Atlanta, a city that is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States.

Tulip Magnolia
Tulip Magnolia

Pigment inkjet print on paper, scanograph, digitally manipulated. 20"h x 16"w.

Dogwood
Dogwood

Pigment inkjet print on paper, scanograph, digitally manipulated. 20"h x 16"w.

Roses
Roses

Pigment inkjet print on paper, scanograph, digitally manipulated. 20"h x 16"w.

Peach Blossoms
Peach Blossoms

Pigment inkjet print on paper, scanograph, digitally manipulated. 20"h x 16"w.

Magnolias
Magnolias

Pigment inkjet print on paper, scanograph, digitally manipulated. 20"h x 16"w.

Wisteria
Wisteria

Pigment inkjet print on paper, scanograph, digitally manipulated. 20"h x 16"w.

Chinese Wisteria
Chinese Wisteria

Pigment inkjet print on paper, scanograph, digitally manipulated. 20"h x 16"w.

Azaleas
Azaleas

Pigment inkjet print on paper, scanograph, digitally manipulated. 20"h x 16"w.

Mistletoe
Mistletoe

Pigment inkjet print on paper, scanograph, digitally manipulated. 20"h x 16"w.