Digital Taxonomy, Eleanor Sutherland, δημοσίευση Aesthetica Magazine [21/6/2022]Marilena Pateraki
In 1843, botanist Anna Atkins published Photographs of British Algae. It was to be the first of three volumes documenting the nation’s ferns, flowers, feathers and algae. Today, it’s considered to be the first photographic book ever printed, and is known for its bold blue and white cyanotypes. But what does this kind of innovation – combining art and science – look like in 2022? Ondrej Zunka shows us.
These are are entries from the London-based artist’s new encyclopaedia. Following in Atkins’ tradition, Zunka takes a near-scientific approach, rendering plants in exquisite, three-dimensional detail. But there’s something different about these blooms: they are uncannily lifelike, yet seemingly impossible in nature.