Bloom by Ben Cave
Published by Noctule/Ben Cave (2014)
Bloom is a photographic exploration of the world of flora through two contrasting but interrelated subjects. A series of landscapes focuses on four plants that have been categorised as invasive non-native species in Great Britain. Once prized for their ornamental attributes, these ‘alien invaders’ are now frequently condemned for their impact on the environment and economy. The interleaved still lifes depict careful arrangements of cultivated flowers and vegetables, which have been entered for competition at local horticultural shows.
The project questions the different ways in which human beings encounter and represent the natural world, with particular emphasis on notions of ‘alien invaders’ and a kind of indigenous ideal, as well as on the often fraught relationship between nurture and control.