Not sure what exactly it is about a badly groomed or recalcitrant shrub that is endearing. But they generally are. Even more so if found in a slightly less than salubrious locale. They’re like the kid that just doesn’t realise how special they are, you just want to help their self-esteem while not changing them in any way. Award winning Canadian photographer Jennilee Marigomen whose work investigates everyday phenomenon captures this well in her photographic series Botonophobia. What makes her both a great photographer and plant observer is the way in which she helps us to see something that is really worth seeing, that maybe we overlooked because the usual cultural aesthetic signposts are missing. The personality and individuality of the plant really comes through. Look at me, look what I’m doing – it’s saying.
See more of the same and other good things on Marigomen’s website.
Escape 2, 2009
Escape 1, 2009
Ontario Garden, 2010