By Jack Williams
This committed photographer has spent years snapping the stunning beauty of a rather unique set of objects: SEEDS.
Robert Llewellyn’s incredible close-ups are predominantly shot against crisp white backgrounds, the intricate details of the seeds coming to life.
To date, Robert, 71, has photographed more than 1000 seeds – the majority of which he has collected himself.
There are around 240,000 flowering trees and plants in the world, Robert said, all of which have flowers, fruits and seeds.
This, he added, gives him a wide range of interesting subjects to choose from – subjects that someone might never inspect with the human eye.
Robert, from near Charltottesville, Virginia, USA, said: “Most of the seeds I collected myself.
“I really like having a project where you collect things. It changes how you see the planet. I still see seeds everywhere.
“Most seeds are hiding in plain sight. Many we eat. Some cOme from Whole Foods. Many gardeners knew about my project and would give me specimens.”
The idea for the ongoing series came to Robert in 2011, after he worked on a book called “Seeing Trees.”
Having studied seeds in his studio as part of this process, Robert began snapping seeds more regularly, building a collection that became part of his 2015 book, “Seeing Seeds.”
Photographing some seeds can be tough, Robert said, as they are so small that it is difficult to get the specimen looking crisp for the final image.
Last month, Robert release another book, “The Living Forest,” showcasing the beauty of natural life.
Robert said: “I think photography is an awesome way to explore Earth.
“You need to decide what you want to put in the frame and what to leave out.
“This changes how you see everything – a new window to the world.
“For my photography there are no bad subjects, no bad light, no bad weather… maybe bad clothes.
“There is always a way to make it work.”