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    Posted July 21, 2014 by
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    Photo essays: Your stories in pictures


    My name is Anne Hoerter and I am a fine art photographer who specializes in unique botanical images. I have always been fascinated by old, botanical prints. I try to produce in my art, a modern version of this style of documentation. I like to study one species of plant for many weeks to focus on its immense and complicated form. It always amazes me how one single species could have so many diverse forms.
    One such plant is the Nigella damascene. It has two common names which are quite interesting because they are completely opposite. When the flowers are out, it is called 'love -in-the-mist' but when the flowers have faded and fallen, the fruit capsule, which is then large and inflated, is called, 'Devil-in-a-bush'.
    My photo essay is exploring the beauty and uniqueness of the fruit capsules which refer to the second common name. Against a black background, they somehow all come to life and each plant portray becomes quite human. I can see how they can relate to their name, 'Devil-in-a-bush'.
    To photograph them, I took multiple images and then combined them to produce an almost 3 dimensional image.
    Each image took many days to produce.
    You can see other botanical images of mine on my web site. www.aine-photography.com I
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