Ezra H. Murray
all images © Tomoya Matsuura
Japan-based photographer/composer/sound artist Tomoya Matsuura merges the art of B/W photography with technology in his project “Withered Plant”. In this series of images, the photographer captures deteriorating flora with the use of a scanning electron microscope. The decay and disintegration of leaves and blossoms are lyrically represented through beautifully contrasted B/W photographs.
“One seems to catch a glimpse of the mystery and dynamism connecting the cycle of life in the finely etched traces of existence in the microscopic world”, Matsuura says. Low contrasted B/W photography uncovers complexities and features otherwise unable to be seen by the naked eye. Each plant is shown in its final stages of life with petals contorted and folded into askew shapes, stems decreasing in size and leaves drying up into near obscurity. With this project, Matsuura wants to raise awareness into people’s minds about the human kind’s important bond with nature and that plants and us both belong to the same world.