We feel like a lot of people always forget about KPCC’s wonderful photo blog KPSeeSee. We follow them on Tumblr and always are seeing curious things they are sharing from the work of local photographers to news photos from around the world. They recently shared the work of former Angeleno Svjetlana Tepavcevic and her project Means Of Reproduction. It’s a nature study that is really, really pretty and born from a very LA experience.
The project sees Tepavcevic documenting various seeds and similar plant items to capture where everything around us comes from and the inherent beauty in their forms. According to KPSeeSee, this process started for her while hiking on an LA trail. She found a strangely entrancing item that could have been a small skull but was too fragile to be skeletal. It turns out it was a vine seed pod. This experience led to her studying the forms and reasons behind these often curious natural occurrences. She is functioning as both photographer and scientist in this project.
“For me, these objects are a testament to life’s enormous resilience,” she says in her statement. “Many of the seeds and pods in the images are from city-dwelling trees that seem to grow out of asphalt. They remind me: however tough the circumstances, life’s overwhelming purpose is to reproduce itself. They also remind me of the massive complexities in nature, all around us, complexities that remain invisible to us.”
The work is simply done and have a bit of the Jill Greenberg effect happening as they glow from the inside out with the help of some spotlighting. These natural subjects are incredibly fascinating and detailed, often grotesque and sexual, which we all likely forget as they are lost on dusty trails. See a lot more from the series here.