Karl Blossfeldt was a professor of sculpture who was also a self taught photographer. Working on a series of photographs intending to show the architecture-like structure of plants for his students in the 1920s he ended up with Urformen der Kunst (Art forms in Nature) which became a surprise hit – a coffee table best-seller. And deservedly so. His work revels the structures of the plants using formal compositions, and beautifully toned prints.
Looking at Blossfeldt’s work is like looking at the hand of God. Oh that we could just see our surroundings like this all the time!
Mookshood, A young shoot magnified six times
Bryonia alba White bryony, tendrils 8x
Adiantum pedatum, Maidenhair fern, young unfurling fronds, magnified twelve times
Tendrils of a pumpkin magnified four times
Aspidium filixmas, Common male fern, young unfurling fronds, magnified four times
Nigella damascena, Love-in-a-mist, sepals, magnified six times
Dianthus plumarius, Grass Pink, 8x
Symphytum officinale, Common comfrey, flower, 25x
Campanula Vidalii, Bellflower, flower w/ petals removed, 10x
Chasmanthium latifolia (Gramineae), spikelets 2.5x
Venae folii, Leaf of a Colona species, leaf veins, 45x
Geum rivale, Water avens, flower bud without sepals, 25x