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About this book
About this book
Celebrating the diversity and beauty of foliage, Josie Iselin has filled Leaves & Pods with lushly detailed portraits of flora she has collected during every season around the world. Iselin's signature process of arranging found natural objects on a high-quality flatbed scanner results in images that are stunning in their clarity and detail. Nature writer Mary Ellen Hannibal thoughtfully examines leaves and pods in all their variety, explaining how each nuance of their appearance serves a function and how they help sustain life on earth.
Both an art book and a botanical guide, Leaves & Pods reveals the splendor, complexity, and purpose of some of the most familiar objects in our natural world, combining aesthetic delight with scientific fact and philosophical wonder.
Josie Iselin is a photographer and installation artist. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University. Although her training is in traditional photography, she now produces images exclusively with a flatbed scanner and a computer. Her work has been exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Intersection for the Arts, SF Camerawork, and art galleries in and around San Francisco, where she lives. Mary Ellen Hannibal often writes about environmental issues. She has worked with the Friends of the Urban Forest, as well as the San Francisco Botanical Gardens and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.