Blossfeldt's Apprentice

PhotographerElaine Duigenan
Prize2nd Place in Nature / Flowers
CompanyElaine Duigenan
City/CountryLondon, United Kingdom
Photo Date2016
Entry Description

The objects in the images are painstakingly hand made out of twist ties. They attempt to recreate some of the plant structures that were the subject of iconic photographs by the German artist/teacher Karl Blossfeldt in the 1920’s. The limits of working with such a humble material become the prime focus as the arrogance of attempting to imitate nature is revealed in the subtle tension between perfection and imperfection.

About Photographer

Elaine is a photographic artist based in London. She has exhibited internationally and has work in collections which include the V&A and The Museum of Fine Art in Houston. Her work is represented by Klompching Gallery in New York. Alongside making her own series of work for exhibition, she undertakes artist residencies and works alongside institutions such as Wellcome Collection to devise and deliver special projects. In late 2009 one of her images was flown to space by Astronaut Leland Melvin on the Space Shuttle Atlantis.