Presentation Title

Macro and Micro Perspectives of a Plant

Faculty Mentor

Lucy HG Solomon

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 9:30 AM

Location

138

Session

poster 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

creative_arts_design

Abstract

Through the use of photography, I documented the growth of new leaves on a Calathea plant. Due to the slow growth of plants, I observed the plant over a four-week period and captured over 130 photographs. Through documenting, I began to notice subtle shifts that would not be as clear without the medium of photography. I observed the growth of two sets of leaves; first, a set of three followed by a set of two. Over the span of two weeks, each set slowly unraveled, revealing differences in each set of leaves. Whereas the first set had darker tones of green and purple, the newest set of leaves had a more vibrant tone of green and an incredibly light, almost transparent shade of purple. After four weeks, the first set of leaves had completely unraveled and the purple on their undersides remained vibrant. However, the purple on the second set lost much of its already faint tones of purple.

My intention is to show the micro and macro elements relating to the growth system of plants and their leaves. Through my documentation and observations, I conclude that the growth of each individual leaf adds new meaning and changes the characteristics of the plant as a whole. Although the leaves grew from the same plant and are similar in nature, they are not identical. To express both my observations and findings of this project, I have organized two sets of images. One set of images are close-up shots of the youngest leaf as it unfolds, and the other set consists of images of the leaf among the other leaves on the plant. Through this image sequence, I intend to show that each leaf is an individual element yet each also makes up the sum of the whole, which is the plant.

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Macro and Micro Perspectives of a Plant

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Through the use of photography, I documented the growth of new leaves on a Calathea plant. Due to the slow growth of plants, I observed the plant over a four-week period and captured over 130 photographs. Through documenting, I began to notice subtle shifts that would not be as clear without the medium of photography. I observed the growth of two sets of leaves; first, a set of three followed by a set of two. Over the span of two weeks, each set slowly unraveled, revealing differences in each set of leaves. Whereas the first set had darker tones of green and purple, the newest set of leaves had a more vibrant tone of green and an incredibly light, almost transparent shade of purple. After four weeks, the first set of leaves had completely unraveled and the purple on their undersides remained vibrant. However, the purple on the second set lost much of its already faint tones of purple.

My intention is to show the micro and macro elements relating to the growth system of plants and their leaves. Through my documentation and observations, I conclude that the growth of each individual leaf adds new meaning and changes the characteristics of the plant as a whole. Although the leaves grew from the same plant and are similar in nature, they are not identical. To express both my observations and findings of this project, I have organized two sets of images. One set of images are close-up shots of the youngest leaf as it unfolds, and the other set consists of images of the leaf among the other leaves on the plant. Through this image sequence, I intend to show that each leaf is an individual element yet each also makes up the sum of the whole, which is the plant.