Laurence Hill has dedicated the past nineteen years of his freetime to document fritillaria plants in detail using his photographic skills. He has made this extensive and marvellous collection of botanical photographs on fritillaria available on his webpage "Fritillaria Icones" where scientists and people with botanical interest can freely use his resources. Laurence has also used his photographs for creating pieces of composite art for various exhibits in the UK and Poland. In this first (of two) part of my interview with Laurence he shared
- how his botanical photography journey started with a garlic plant by the road in Greece
- what it needs to take high resolution, detailed botanical photographs
- how the life history of bulbous plants can be very special
- how fritillaria plants from different provenances differ
- what made him establish the Fritillaria Icones website
- how he sees himself contributing to science with his botanical photography
In the second part of this interview, to be released on 2021-06-09, Laurence will share insights and learnings from transforming botanical photography into pieces of art for exhibits.