The Plant Seeds

Why photograph dry plant seeds? Bone dry. Lifeless. Dead. The scheduled cellular necrosis of windborne seeds is the beginning of a wonderful journey that comprises new life. Just after their ‘release’ the windborne seeds start to turn themselves, to glide, to float in the air and to spiral to win some time. For windborne seeds the journey to earth must take as long as possible, whereby the wind or a fixed turning on the plant seeds’ own axis gives a lateral direction of movement. This kind of propagation optimised itself in evolutionary history and has made possible the dispersal of many different plant species over great distances.

Plant seeds grow in the earth up to their full magnificence. However for us as observers, they have already unfolded their beauty during their flight to earth. Here also the movements are too quick for us to see them as a single picture. The brain forms a blurred image, a kind of fluid picture. I have tried to document photographically this moment of perception.

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The plant seeds, all photographed in a studio, where extremely difficult to photograph. In macro photography it is well known that the depth of field (DOF) is very small. Moving objects like plant seeds in motion are moving in all possible directions. Especially the seed of the Tree of heaven was rolling over his own x-axis and once thereby moving towards the camera and another time moving away from the camera… Climbing the ladder many times for each plant seed for getting the best photograph, was a great sportive challenge ending up in many days with muscle soreness.

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