cloth, 28 pp., $65.00
This collection of photographs of Burdock leaves is a tribute to botanical artistry: photographer Janet Malcolm has captured the rugged form of a what many gardeners consider a weed, forcing the viewer to reflect on the beauty of all of nature's offerings. In her essay accompanying the 28 photographs of individual leaves, Malcolm muses that she has taken each leaf from its derelict origins and captured "its lineaments refined by sunlight coming from above." By placing the subject in a more refined setting, she forces the viewer to consider how with age, the simplest forms grow into more aesthetic compositions.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden