Bio-ephemera, explores the transitory nature of the natural world. The botanical specimens after being collected and recorded are composted back into nature. The resulting images capture part of the transient spirit of the natural world.
This series of images follows a tradition of botanical subject matter that began in the early 19th century with Henry Fox Talbot's photogenic drawings (photograms) of plant materials and Anna Atkins camera-less botanical studies of British algae. The images are created without the use of a camera which creates a more direct and tactile relationship with the subject.
Lumen prints are made by placing plant material directly on out-dated black and white photographic paper. Glass is placed over the flora and paper, then exposed to direct sunlight for 1 to 6 hours .During the exposure, heat, moisture and chlorophyll affect the photographic paper producing a colored image. After the desired exposure the prints are fixed and then washed. Each image is unique and explores the structure of the botanical subjects to reveal their inner essence.