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The Blossfeldt Effect
Karl Blossfeldt (1866-1932) began his career at a decorative ironwork manufacturer. He was assigned the task of creating reference botanical photographs to use for wrought iron designs. Eventually, his iconic botanical images became celebrated in their own right, and today he is known as one of history’s foremost botanical photographers.

Harold has long been fascinated by Blossfeldt’s botanical imagery and has developed a set of techniques for emulating the beautiful photographs of this master. Some of Harold’s work in homage to Blossfeldt has even been mistaken for the real thing! You can check out a portfolio of Harold’s prints after Blossfeldt on Saatchi Art.

In this unique and creative webinar, Harold will start with a look at the characteristics of a Blossfeldian composition. What kinds of subjects did Blossfeldt choose to photograph, and why? What makes a particular botanical specimen visually exciting?

Next, Harold will explore two possible places to start with Blossfeldian botanical compositions: the black background and the light box.

To cap it off, Harold will demonstrate how he processes his Blossfeldt-like images using some surprisingly simple yet tricky steps.

There will be ample time for Q&A.

Who should attend: Everyone interested in the extraordinary work of Karl Blossfeldt; those interested in botanical art; anyone who would like to take the creative techniques that Harold will demonstrate into their own work.

Jun 12, 2021 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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