The Story of Nature Prints

Explore a gallery narrated by historian Roderick Cave

Few things seem as ephemeral as a fallen leaf or the petals of a flower. For a brief moment the shapes and colors are admired—then fade away.
To preserve this fleeting beauty, nature lovers have long experimented with making nature prints. Roderick Cave has made a lifetime study of this
art. Not only do we find pleasure in preserving the natural forms around us, says Cave, but such prints also enable us to study the structures and functions of plants. Through the years techniques have progressed from simple inked renderings to today’s artful use of photographic technology. These are some of the prints that Cave collected in his 2010 volume, Impressions of Nature.

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