BLOOM By Ben Cave

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BLOOM By Ben Cave

20.00

Self-Published

196 x 240mm, 92 pages, Full color / Black & white offset throughout, Perfect bound, Softcover, Ed. of 500, 2014

"A series of landscapes focuses on four plants that have been categorised as invasive non-native species in Great Britain. Once prized for their ornamental attributes, these ‘alien invaders’ are now frequently condemned for their impact on the environment and economy. In contrast, the interleaved still lifes depict careful arrangements of cultivated flowers and vegetables, which have been entered for competition at local horticultural shows.

The work was shot over a number of years at various locations around the UK, with the artist taking on the role of a modern-day plant hunter, tracking down species and finding suitable locations in which to photograph them. The resulting book evokes a contemporary British suburbia, a borderland of dual carriageways, canals and back gardens with glimpses of school halls, scout huts, churches and county fairs.

By juxtaposing these two very different ways in which human beings encounter and represent the natural world, Bloom raises questions about shifting notions of foreignness and the indigenous ideal.
It highlights the often fraught relationship between nurture and control, and prompts us to reconsider our perceptions of beauty and nature."

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