Art + Botany: Frozen Flora

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Art + Botany: Frozen Flora

December 15, 2011
08:12am
Photo by: Debbie Hartley

'Frozen Flora' is a series of mesmerizing botanic photographs—inert and illuminated, the flowers are very calming, if not a little unnerving. They are like a winter pond, remembering the vitality of spring.

Photographer Debbie Hartley chose her subjects for their color and translucency (most grew in her backyard), and then she froze them. Suspended in a block of ice and placed on a light box, the bright petals appear aglow with life; the leaves, poised to flutter—in fact, they are quite trapped, but what a beautiful death.

Debbie Hartley is an Australian photographer, and a portfolio finalist in Kew's International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.

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'Frozen Flora 2;' Photo credit: Debbie Hartley

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'Frozen Flora 3;' Photo credit: Debbie Hartley

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'Frozen Flora 4;' Photo credit: Debbie Hartley

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'Frozen Flora 5;' Photo credit: Debbie Hartley

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'Frozen Flora 6;' Photo credit: Debbie Hartley

Anna Laurent is a writer and producer of educational botanical media. Photographs from her forthcoming field guide to Los Angeles are available for exhibition and purchase at her website.