Seeing Seeds (2015)
Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit with 145 photographs by Robert Llewellyn and descriptions by Teri Dunn Chace was published by Timber Press in 2015. While taking the fascinating photographs that would go into making this excellent book, the photographer discovered the fascinating and sometimes surreal aspects of the natural world, which he says is “right in front of you, but you never see it.”
“Photography changes a person by getting close to things in nature. Once you actually see them, you’ll never see them the same again.” — Robert Llewellyn
Through the lens of his camera, the photographer now views the "great outdoors" from a microcosmic perspective. Prior to engaging in this effort, he had not considered trees as complex, living beings. “Now I realize that they live and die, migrate and reproduce, and it changed my world,” he says.
“The seed pod is an amazing life form. It is a future generation, and it’s one of the wonders of the world.” — Robert Llewellyn
His extensive collection of seed pods, photographed more than 20,000 times, exhibits their remarkable range in size and shape. Where the fruit of the honeysuckle is fleshy-waxy, the dandelion’s is light and fluffy — so it can be dispersed easily by the wind. Other pods sprout wings, like the parachute-style ones of the sycamore tree.
"See the planet. Collect things. Make everything as if seeing it for the first time. There is still an enormous amount about Earth that is unknown. Discover for yourself." — Robert Llewellyn
"Offers a cornucopia of photographs by Robert Llewellyn. . . The text, by Teri Dunn Chace, offers fascinating tidbits." — New York Times
"Llewellyn’s images reflect a depth of detail that until now, only the best botanical illustrators could approach." — Washington Post
"What Llewellyn has done with his photographs is something akin to entering the temple of creation on a microscopic level." — Daily Progress
"A marvelously artistic and detailed look at how plants perpetuate themselves . . The energy and ingenuity of seeds practically jumps off the pages of the book." — Pacific Northwest Magazine
"An odyssey full of wonder that’s worthy of narration by Jacques Cousteau. . . So often we look, but we don’t see. This book tries to change all that. Marvel at nature’s symmetry, patterns, and hidden textures." — English Garden
Title: Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit
Photographs: Robert Llewellyn
Words: Teri Dunn Chace
Publisher: Timber Press, Portland and London
Pages: 284 pp
Dimensions: 8½ x 10 in. (255 x 215 mm)
Images: 145 color photographs
Seeing Seeds is available directly via the publisher, Timber Press, or through Amazon.
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