- Anke Nunheim
The recent project ‘New Botanicals’ of Seattle based photographer William Rugen is an homage and graphical update to the classic botanical prints from the 18th and 19th century.+ Read More
For him there is a great cross-pollination of art and biology in those prints that he wanted to somehow capture. In this series he tries to find a balance between the grace of the visible plant and the mechanics of its growth engine, the roots. In his words: ‘I like the idea that this amazing object could not exist without the inelegant tangle that is just out of sight. It is a reminder that everything of beauty or value requires a certain amount ‘ugliness’ to come to fruition’. Strong in composition and color, I really like this series as it reminds me of my school days, because I always had a preference for scientific illustrations in my biology books.