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Photographer's Showcase: Means of Reproduction by Svjetlana Tepavcevic

"No. 1191" by Svjetlana Tepavcevic from Means of Reproduction

We are pleased to announce the new portfolio, Means of Reproduction, by Svjetlana Tepavcevic on the Photographer's Showcase. Means of Reproduction explores the natural world of trees and plants and their seeds through stunning, crisp studio compositions that emphasize the natural beauty of these objects.

                 "No. 1201" by Svjetlana Tepavcevic
In her statement, Tepavcevic writes, “One day, while walking, I found an amazing object. It was dirty and damaged, but its intricately networked structure and its strange beauty fascinated me. Too delicate to be a skull of a small animal, the object alluded to many things. It took me time to figure out it was the inner shell of a vine seedpod. In my hikes, I’ve seen these vine pods frequently. They are green and look like a strange cross between a porcupine and a medieval cannon ball. The object compelled me to look closer and harder, to look for more.”

It is this act of looking and discovering that led her to photograph the natural objects in a way that accentuated their mystery while also illustrating their complex beauty. Size and scale plays a large role in the photographs. “As I began to create the images,” Tepavcevic writes, “the key idea was transformation. The small had to be transformed into large, the micro into macro. I wanted the images to brim with energy, to focus on the detail, and to reveal the vast variety of forms the objects can take on.”

"No. 615" by Svjetlana Tepavcevic from Means of Reproduction
Eventually, all things die. It is this inevitability that drives nature to reproduce, ensuring its DNA is passed on to future generations. The resilient nature of these plants and their dedication to reproduction is brought to life in Tepavcevic’s photographs, allowing the viewer to unearth the great mysteries of nature and its willpower, which remain unseen to the naked eye. “For me, these objects are a testament to life’s enormous resilience. 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.”

Click here to view Means of Reproduction by Svjetlana Tepavcevic on the Photographer's Showcase.