The colorful compendium of Leendert Blok is a record of his passion for photographing 1920's botany. The photographer was among the early photographers who focused his camera on flowers.
Flowers have long been a part of design and subject for artists since history, and it's a dominating subject among Dutch masters' still life art. It is a universal symbol of beauty and timelessness.
The Dutch photographer Blok studied journalism in South Africa before turning to Lisse, near Amsterdam, where he became fascinated with the flowers. He photographed tulips, hyacinths, irises, gladiolas, dahlias, and daffodils, experimenting them with color photography, which was still a novel technique at the time.
For the artist, light was the determinant, making two-dimensional paint-like photographs as if sculpted out of the darkness and blankness. Blok, a pioneer or realism, is considered also an early spearhead of botanical photography in the 19th century.
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