this might be my favorite thing i have seen in a while. it's a series called "botanical" from swiss photographer and designer samuel zeller, and it's a new take on the classic botanical illustrations from the 18th and 19th centuries. i can't believe these are photos.
from zeller: "reality is refracted by the greenhouse’s ground glass and reminds me of the paper used in watercolour paintings. the colours are subtle and sophisticated, they mirror the tones found in this kind of illustration... the greenhouse in which resides the subject of this photographic’s series is a controlled environment that aims to protect exotic plants by creating better climate conditions than the local weather; it’s also a beautiful creation of metal and glass, dedicated, refined, elegant (just like the plants inside). the structure itself becomes a frame in some images."
and i love this quote from him: "i almost always create images when going through strong emotional states. photography is a way i found to talk about myself, rather than with language were I always had difficulties."
via creative boom