Overgrowth is a new and ongoing artistic collaboration between photographer Parker Fitzgerald and floral designer Riley Messina

Inspired by a pursuit of beauty, Riley combines classically thoughtful botanical designs with Parker’s carefully considered film images in an expression of the multifaceted relationship between humankind and nature. The two artists contrast anonymous portraiture with sweeping landscapes in an attempt to capture both the malleable and untamed aspects of the natural world.

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Last week while at the Missouri Botanical Garden for a meeting, I had a tour of the library’s rare book room from head librarian Doug Holland. 
The books pictured are two editions of the Gart der Gesundheit  (“Garden of Health”) one of the most influential early works on medicinal plants. The top image is from a later edition published by the original publisher, Peter Schoeffer, and the bottom 3 are from a “pirated” 1487 edition published by Hamsen Schönsperger. 

The phone picture being compared to the Schönsperger page is of the female mandrake found in the New York Public Library’s copy of the book.

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Path by Lisa Josefsson on Flickr.


Path by Lisa Josefsson on Flickr.

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He’s guaranteed to put some life, in your afterlife
Beetlejuice (1988)

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This day has been very beautiful.

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Herbert James Draper - The Lament for Icarus (1898)


Herbert James Draper - The Lament for Icarus (1898)

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