Botanical Dances Gallery


About the Botanical Dances Gallery...

The Botanical Dances Gallery features black & white still-life images of pressed flowers and other botanical specimens. The flowers, themselves, have been arranged on both painted backgrounds and (in a few instances) small sections of very large painted photographs. This series of images was produced between 1985 and 1998.

Excerpt from the Introduction to the book: Botanical Dances:

From the standpoint of a practical approach, the photographs in Botanical Dances employ a marked reversal of a common practice in which painters will use photographic images as the base of departure for their paintings. Within many of the photographs in this series, I have used paintings as a base of departure for my photographs. I incorporated small portions of paintings and painted photographs as background material for the botanical specimens. While I do not fancy myself a painter, I did produce several of the paintings used for this purpose. However, many of the painted backgrounds were rendered by other artists and thus, a number of the photographs presented in this series represent a form of artistic collaboration.

Whether or not “new ground” has been broken with this photographic approach to a well-documented subject will be for you, as the viewer, to decide. Ultimately, I believe the true purpose of these images can be best summed up by the wisdom of six-year old Summer Lee. When asked what the painting she had just completed was for, she proudly held it up and replied: “It’s for if you need something to look at.”

Huntington Witherill

Note- A first-edition hardcover book containing 39 reproductions from the series: Botanical Dances can be found, here.

Limited Edition Prints from This Gallery

For additional information and/or to purchase Limited Edition Archival Pigment Ink Prints of any of the images contained in this gallery, click the desired thumbnail image (above) and that image will be enlarged. Hover your mouse over the enlarged image and a black overlay will appear at the bottom of the enlarged image window. Look for a text link in the lower left titled: "Purchase Prints of this image." Click that link to be taken to the "Add to Cart" page where you will find detailed information about available print sizes, edition numbers, print prices, and more. If you are having trouble accessing the "Add to Cart" pages using a tablet, cell phone, or other mobile device, please click here.