Botanica by Sander Meisner, is the latest offering from London-based publishers The Velvet Cell. A beautifully realised volume of urban landscape photography it approaches its subject with an unusual twist. Where many of his contemporaries focus their lenses on either the urban or the rural specifically, Sander explores the point where these two opposing worlds converge – with a wizened branch creeping across a motorway siding and neglected patches of foliage that lurk behind service stations.
Sander began concentrating on these unobserved landscapes quite by accident while undertaking another project with an architectural theme. Finding himself constantly drawn to the neglected spaces that occur sporadically across cityscapes he began photographing them religiously, and the result is now available for all to enjoy.
We’ve commented before on our scepticism for night photography (in fact that’s how we became aware of Sander’s project in the first place) but once again it’s a thrill to have our doubts shattered by a man who clearly understands how to capture the night.