Barry Rosenthal: Photobotanicus Boxed Notecards
Twenty assorted 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box
Printed on recycled paper
These are humble plants—those that grow freely along the sides of roads, in meadows, or near waterways. Naturalized or native, they thrive. Photographer Barry Rosenthal, who is known for turning discarded and overlooked things into art, has collected and documented them in his series Photobotanicus.
Through compositions marked by three-dimensionality and elements of graphic design, the collection pays homage to the history of botanical illustration and investigates the diversity of forms in the plant life that grows around us. “Whether it is the interplay of graphic forms or an arranged collage,” Rosenthal says, “what comes through is my intimate contact with nature.” He works outdoors in all seasons, creating photographs of collected weeds and common plants on white paper in diffused sunlight.
Rosenthal, also an urban archaeologist and sculptor, has photography in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and has a following worldwide.
Contains 5 each of the following images:
Iris, New York, New York
Clover and Grass, Leelanau, Michigan
Maple, Big Cypress Preserve, Florida
3 Ferns and a Palm, Costa Rica