Both an art book and a botanical guide, Leaves & Pods reveals the splendor, complexity, and purpose of some of the most familiar objects in our natural world, combining aesthetic delight with scientific fact and philosophical wonder.
Josie gives an overview of the book:
As every photographer knows, the ordinary is anything but. For years I have mined my household for everyday things and used my flatbed scanner to examine them: dryer lint, vegetables, balls of yarn, even the collections of stones piled around the house, which gave rise to the first book in this series, Beach Stones. When I found a perfect skeleton of a lemon leaf in my backyard compost bin-the scanner captured it in all its delicate, decomposing glory-I was inspired to venture into the neighborhood and to the botanical garden to look particularly at leaves and pods.
Josie Iselin is a photographer and book designer living in San Francisco. Her six books (thus far) are a unique mix of art and science, sensibility and the awe-inspiring in the everyday.She holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from SF State...