A rose by another name may smell as sweet, but a poppy would be wise to carefully consider her photographer. Because when the lighting is perfect and the angle is just right, a botanic portrait can be a revelation. Such is the case with Ukranian photographer Sasha Kurmaz's work. With perfect lighting and positioning, he produces a perfect portrait of the botanic specimen: the fragility, beauty, and—dare I say—hope.
"I wondered why so many gardens around the world focused on the healing power of plants rather than their ability to kill. I felt that most children I knew would be more interested in hearing how a plant killed, how long it would take you to die if you ate it, and how gruesome and painful the death might be." —Duchess of Northumberland, on curating the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle.