Photographer Stages Detailed Botanical Dioramas Against Common Urban Backdrops
Daniel Shipp's "Botanical Inquiry" is a series of photographic dioramas constructed in the studio using a technique inspired by Viewmaster 3D slides and Disney animation technology from the 1950’s. The unremarkable plants are staged against the backdrop of common urban environments which become storytelling elements on their own and invites the viewer to imagine their own narratives. Shipp says, "By manipulating the optical and staging properties of photography with an analogue “machine” that I have constructed, I have produced these studio based images “in camera” rather using Photoshop compositing. They rely exclusively on the singular perspective of the camera to render their mechanics invisible."