“A plant needs to do more than stretch its leaves toward the sun. It also needs to send down roots deep into the ground. They hold on tightly in the dark, out of sight where it is easy to forget about them. But it is the fact that a plant can do these two things at once, anchoring itself to the earth even as it reaches for the sky, that makes it strong.” -Cameron Dokey
We love how plants evolve… We love the details and the way they change. When we started with our sun print ranges we noticed how fast the changes happened. We wanted to see what happens on the inside of these plants, we wanted to see what happens in the dark, how they are structured, how the unseen is created. This led to us to explore X-ray photography.
Willem Conrad Roentgen discovered X-rays in 1895 while being a professor at Würzburg University in Germany. Some of the first floral X-ray images we could find was done by an artist and a physiologist in 1896.
The process of X-ray photography did not get much further attention until the 1930’s with the work of Hazel Engelbrecht and Dain Tasker. Engelbrecht’s work sprang from scientific research of botanical specimens, whereas Tasker was interested in artistic presentation.