When Darkness Falls in the Garden

PhotographerDavid Leaser
Prize1st Place in Nature / Flowers
CompanyDavid Leaser Fine Art
City/CountryBonsall, United States
Photo Date2014
Technical InfoNikon D3X closeup photographs
Entry Description

When darkness falls, our eyes cannot experience the amazing, beautiful elements of nature. Shooting a night, I created this series of images to show the night life of plants. Employing modern technology, I layered together dozens of images in focus stacks to achieve a bees-eye view showing the intricate details and forms of flowers. Some of these flowers are the size of your fingernail.

About Photographer

David Leaser creates dramatic images of landscapes and botanicals. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, and he has authored four books, including two photographic monographs. Leaser’s Tropical Gardens of Hawaii and Palm Trees: A Story in Photographs have received critical acclaim; the latter was also featured at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. David began taking photos at a young age. He received a Polaroid Swinger camera from his parents at age six, and he has been taking photographs ever since. After completing the photographic essay, Tropical Gardens of Hawaii, Leaser spent a day at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in California. The Huntington was featuring an exhibit of paintings from Frederic Church, arguably the most successful 19th century American artist. Church’s realistic images of the Andes and Amazon inspired Leaser to travel to South America and retrace his footsteps. In the Amazon, David studied the details of the small flowers on the rainforest floor. Each small flower contained its own ecosystem for the small insects and reptiles. In the depths of the jungle, he had an epiphany: why not show viewers the most intricate, intimate workings of these tiny flowers? David is dedicating himself to creating a collection of botanical images that will show viewers the miracle of nature. He believes, after studying his botanical work, viewers will never look at flowers in the same way again.