All fragments are extracted from an educational Dutch film : Bloeiende bloemen en plantenbewegingen (1932) Director: J.C. Mol | Production Country: Netherlands | Year: 1932 | Production Company: Multifilm (Haarlem) | Film from the collection of EYE (Amsterdam)
Accelerated frame-by-frame shots (time-lapse, or “Zeitraffer”) of budding flowers and moving plants and mushrooms. This is part of the episodic film “WONDERS OF NATURE”, which is also shown in separate parts.
In case you are interested, here we add the links to related films:
Uit het rijk der kristallen [From the realm of crystals (J.C. Mol; 1927)] : in website, on their youtube channel (the advantage of the youtube version is that it is divided in chapters by chemical product. There are different versions of Uit het rijk der kristallen: the original silent film was given a soundtrack in the 1930s and is longer.
Uit het rijk der kristallen is one of the scientific films made by Mol. Several versions of this film exist. In the film, the crystallization processes of various chemicals are shown and there is a colour version of the film which was made using Dufay colour.
Flower blossoms photographed by William Dassonville; very different from his usual landscape repertoire.
William E. Dassonville was a California photographer primarily known for his landscapes. He was an associate of Ansel Adams and worked with William Keith, George Stirling, Maynard Dixon, and John Miur. Born in Sacramento, CA, he acted as secretary of the California Camera Club and contributed to Camera Craft. He also invented a velvety surfaced printing paper that he later manufactured commercially (REF: Getty). His chemistry was heralded by Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham, and he exhibited alongside Alfred Stieglitz, Clarence White, and Gertrude Kasebier (REF: icp org) | src liveauctioneers
Jaques was already a respected printmaker when she began making cyanotype photograms of wildflowers. An active member of the Wild Flower Preservation Society, she created over a thousand of these botanical images. Made without a camera by placing objects directly on sensitized paper and exposing it to light, the photogram is the least industrialized type of photography. Because prints were easy to produce by this method, it achieved wide popularity. Graphic artists often chose this form of print because of its rich Prussian blue color. Aligned with the antimodernist views of the late Victorian Arts and Crafts movement, Jaques’s work reflects a reverence for commonplace elements of nature and the beautifully crafted object.
Merry A. Foresta American Photographs: The First Century (Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Art with the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996). From Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)
Photographer Carlotta Corpron had a brief but important career as an artist and a decades-long impact as a professor at Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman’s University). In the 1930s and ‘40s she experimented with light, influenced by the ideals of the Bauhaus and the Institute of Design as brought to Denton, Texas, by László Moholy-Nagy and György Kepes. Her early photographs investigated how light transforms natural objects, but in later projects she took light itself as her subject, capturing its reflection and refraction in abstract compositions that sometimes involved cropping or combining multiple negatives. Corpron bequeathed her archive to the museum, which holds 138 prints, over 800 negatives, and the Carlotta Corpron Papers. [quoted from Amon Carter Museum]
All four photographs in this post were taken by David Castenson at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Virginia, between 2021 and 2022. You can follow the link to his Flickr to view them in hi-res and more detailed information.
David Castenson, born in 1957, is an amateur photographer based on the US, he have only been taking photos since about 2016. You can find him on Flickr or tumblr.