A Botanical Index of Narcissus
Rediscover the beauty of Narcissus flowers in photographer Anna Skladmann’s new exhibition, The Man With The Midas Touch – A Botanical Index Of Narcissus, showing at the Garden Museum from 14 February – 1 March 2019. The exhibition will be in the central ‘Nave’ of the Museum, filling the building with spring blooms and saying goodbye to the winter months.
The exhibition is composed of scans of each flower, created using a technique Skladmann has developed submerging the flowers in multiple kinds of liquids such as milk and water.
This unusual technique utilises the qualities of high definition scanning, while also employing liquid as a hint to old methods of photographing and print making, harking back to botanist and cyanotype pioneer Anna Atkins, and inventor of the scanning technique, Henry Fox Talbot.
The flowers depicted in Skladmann’s photographs are the gold medal winning Narcissus flowers from the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016. They were grown by Johnny Walkers, who is known for his champion displays at the Show, having won his 25th consecutive gold medal in 2018