INTERVIEW: Learn about the sex life of plants the easy way

by Natasha Starkell | 19.03.2013 | art , interview | 0 comments | Rating: 1 votes

INTERVIEW: Learn about the sex life of plants the

INTERVIEW: Learn about the sex life of plants the

Linnaeus and the dream of order in nature by Helene Schmitz

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Linnaeus and the dream of order in nature by Helene Schmitz

Helene Schmitz

Let's face it, most texts about the sexual reproduction of plants are boring. It's useful information to know for any gardener, but most books on the subject are not fun bedtime reading, and you'll soon end up feeling like you're back at school. Photographer Helene Schmitz offers an alternative way to learn. The inspiration for the project came to Helene from reading the texts by the 17th Century Swedish botanist Carl Linneus. His descriptions of the sex life of plants are poetic and filled with humour, inspiring Helene to create these amazing close up illustrations to accompany the descriptions created by Linneus. These gorgeous images can be found in her book  Linnaeus and the dream of order in Nature.

We reached out to Helene and asked her some questions about her work. Here are her answers.

How did you come across Linnaeus book on sex life of plants?

There was no illustrated book on Linnaeus Sexual System of plants. So I decided to do one. I was inspired by a poster with Linnaeus sexual system of plants, from the eighteenth century. It was made by the French artist Erhet. 
 

We found “Nine men in the same bride's chamber, with one woman" as a pretty hilarious take, although we did not read the book itself. Anything in particular that you think is worth mentioning from the book?

Yes, these quotes by Linnaeus on the sex life of plants was also one of the reasons I decided to do this book. I found it interesting how Linnaeus illustrated the love life of plants with completely queer examples from common peoples bedrooms.
 

The plants look so perfect against a completely black background, how did you achieve that?

I photographed the plants in front of a black, velvet backdrop. My camera was a large format camera, the images were done on 4" x 5" negative. I work with daylight.
 

 Your favourite plant?

There are too many...
 

Balcony or garden?

Garden
 

Cats or dogs?

Horses
 

Nikon or Cannon?

Neither
 

Inside or outside?

Both
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