Flowers in Shadow: The Photographic Rediscovery of a Victorian Botanical Journal

Flowers in Shadow: The Photographic Rediscovery of a Victorian Botanical Journal

by Zeva Oelbaum
     
 
The market for books on botanical subjects is very strong, from volumes that reproduce antique drawings to books of contemporary botanical photography. Flowers in Shadow offers the best of both worlds in an innovative package.

In the pages of this artful volume enclosed in a beautiful cloth case with a debossed image, photographer Zeva Oelbaum at once

Overview

The market for books on botanical subjects is very strong, from volumes that reproduce antique drawings to books of contemporary botanical photography. Flowers in Shadow offers the best of both worlds in an innovative package.

In the pages of this artful volume enclosed in a beautiful cloth case with a debossed image, photographer Zeva Oelbaum at once captures the beauty of a century-old botanical journal found in a tiny antiques shop in New England and interprets it anew through sumptuous duotone photography. By layering the original journal pages, using natural light to bring out the subtle textures of the pressed plants and paper, then photographing them, she has created a memorable collection of botanical images.

Every photograph is a unique composition, featuring a different plant and displaying the notations of the young botanist who created the original journal. Each plant is accompanied by an informative description by Sara Stein as well. With an evocative foreword by Susan Orlean, an introduction by Stein on the nature of botany during the Victorian Era, and the author's preface that relates the history of the journal, Flowers in Shadow is an informative and stunning volume that will delight lovers of fine art photography, gardeners, and fans of botanical imagery and Victoriana.

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Inspired by a Victorian botanical journal discovered in an antique shop, photographer Zeva Oelbaum created this wonderful book as a tribute to the art of botany. Using natural lighting only, Oelbaum photographed the individual pages of the century-old journal, paying special attention to the delicate, finely textured pressed plants and flowers. Enclosed in a fine cloth case, Flowers in Shadow emphasizes the beautiful interplay of light and shadow, flower and paper in this one-of-a-kind work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847823864
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
01/05/2002
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
9.48(w) x 11.29(h) x 0.66(d)

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