Photographer Honour Hiers collects plants near her home in Western North Carolina, then presses the specimens and photographs them on a light table with 4x5 chrome film. Highlighting a plant's translucency and texture, the beautiful photographs portray familiar species in new ways. She began the Film Herbarium intending to collect all 2600 plant species in the region; she's since expanded the project to include native and non-native plants in and around the state.
Specimen: Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
Artist's note: "One day, I decided to look at this plant on the light table in my photography studio. I immediately fell in love with the transparent qualities revealed, so I set up my camera and photographed what I saw."
More photographs from the Film Herbarium series are at Honour Hiers's online gallery.