Intact leaf skeletons are exceedingly difficult to find
I’ve been working on a series of large-scale macro photographs of leaf skeletons. I want to continue the series, but I’m learning that good quality leaf skeletons are very tough to find!
When I go out walking to look for dead leaves and other natural objects, I carry an old book to store the fragile items until I get them back to the studio. The pages protect them from breakage and flattens them, making them easier to photograph.
I insert the stems of some things like curled grasses, which I don’t want to press flat.
I usually add extra weight on top the book for a week or so, to make sure the leaves are thoroughly flattened and pressed.
Once I’ve photographed the objects, I keep them between the pages of another big book for future use.
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