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The Interplay of Art and Science in Botanical Form: Photographs by Amy Lamb
Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Registration is not Required
Through photography, Lamb melds the beauty of plants grown in her garden with a visual exploration of the patterns and structures that evolved to create this flora that flourishes year after year. Her images combine the curiosity, precision, and analytic approach of science with the aesthetic and flexibility of art. Since the language of vision is accessible across cultural, economic, and educational levels, her photographs convey to many people?the miraculous wonder of nature.
Lamb first began photography 25 years ago, photographing orchids. Mesmerized by the diversity of this species, she pursued an exploration of the exquisitely beautiful and widely diverse structures, colors, markings, fragrance, and size expressed within one species. What is spectacular and intriguing is that these characteristics were naturally engineered to attract pollinators, or to ward off predators, so that the plant might reproduce and survive in its environment. This expression of the tenacity of botanical evolution is repeated over and over wherever plants thrive. Tiny hairs, robust seed pods, colorful patterns on petals, and intense fragrances are just a few of the evolutionary feats of nature. Lamb’s large-scale photographs reveal the unique characteristics and personality of the plants that she has grown. See more at www.amylamb.com
Some of Lamb’s photographs are on view at Dumbarton Oaks, as part the exhibition Margaret Mee: Portraits of Plants (September 21, 2021 – January 9, 2022).
open to BMAV members and friends.