Francesca Wilkinson

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Rosa 'Cottage Rose' is an old-fashioned shrub rose with glossy foliage and pink flowers with an 'old rose' fragrance. This photographic composition was arranged digitally post-production and is intended to capture the flamboyant and visual splendor of rose hybrids and cultivars. Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Signed limited edition of 4. 16.5 x 23.4 in.

Lotus corniculatus is a part of the family of 'legumes' which include beans and peas. They are used as a 'green' fertiliser for their ability to trap nitrogen in the soil and are also an important source of nectar for insects. In England it has over seventy common names, including 'Grandmother's Slippers,' and 'Ladie's Shoes!' Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Signed limited edition of 4. 11.7 x 16.5 in.

Dog roses are one of the most commonly spotted wild roses in the UK. They flower in May and June, have a mild sweet fragrance and are an important source of nectar for insects. Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Signed limited edition of 4. 11.7 x 16.5 in.

This image of Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop) is one of six in a series entitled 'Mary Delany's Garden (Winter),' which won a silver-gilt medal at the Royal Horticultural Society's Art and Photography Show in 2019. Mary Delany (1700-1788) was an English artist famous for her “paper mosaicks” which she began creating in her widowhood at the age of 71. In this series I depicted the sorts of plants that might grow in the winter garden of an English lady such as Mary Delany. Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Signed limited edition of 4. 11.7 x 16.5 in.

This image of a Crocus is one of six in a series entitled 'Mary Delany's Garden (Winter),' which won a silver-gilt medal at the Royal Horticultural Society's Art and Photography Show in 2019. Mary Delany (1700-1788) was an English artist famous for her “paper mosaicks” which she began creating in her widowhood at the age of 71. In this series I depicted the sorts of plants that might grow in the winter garden of an English lady such as Mary Delany. Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Signed limited edition of 4. 11.7 x 16.5 in.

This image of Helleborus × Hybridus (Hellebore) is one of six in a series entitled 'Mary Delany's Garden (Winter),' which won a silver-gilt medal at the Royal Horticultural Society's Art and Photography Show in 2019. Mary Delany (1700-1788) was an English artist famous for her “paper mosaicks” which she began creating in her widowhood at the age of 71. In this series I depicted the sorts of plants that might grow in the winter garden of an English lady such as Mary Delany. Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Signed limited edition of 4. 11.7 x 16.5 in.

The Lady of Shallot rose is a fragrant bloom with orange petals, named after one of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poems. This photographic composition was arranged digitally post-production and is intended to capture the flamboyancy and visual splendour of rose hybrids and cultivars. Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Signed limited edition of 4. 16.5 x 23.4 in.

A departure from my usual method of depicting flora in a traditional manner with the roots and the whole specimen exposed, ‘I saw your face in the crowd (Viola)’ came about on a walk one day. Looking at people’s gardens and seeing the Viola bobbing their heads in the wind I thought how much they looked like faces – even each flower on the same plant had it’s own character and different markings. Just in the same way that a certain face might stand out to us, which flower stands out for you in the crowd? Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Signed limited edition of 10. 7.1 x 7.1 in.

Cyclamen #4 is one in a series of six titled ‘Full Circle – Studies of Cyclamen coum and Cyclamen hederifolium’ which was selected to be exhibited at The Royal Horticultural Society’s Botanical Art and Photograpy Show 2020. Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Signed limited edition of 6. 16.5 x 23.4 in.

Cyclamen #5 is one in a series of six titled ‘Full Circle – Studies of Cyclamen coum and Cyclamen hederifolium’ which was selected to be exhibited at The Royal Horticultural Society’s Botanical Art and Photograpy Show 2020. Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Signed limited edition of 6. 16.5 x 23.4 in.

Francesca Wilkinson

I am a London based botanical photo-artist born in Kent, ‘The Garden of England’ in 1989. I graduated from the MA Photography course at the University for the Creative Arts in 2013 with Distinction.

I have exhibited and won a medal for my photography at The Royal Horticultural Society’s Art and Photography Show, the most prestigious award for botanical art in the United Kingdom.

To create my photographs, I employ an improvised technique of ‘camera-less’ photography, using the flatbed scanner attached to my computer as a lens. This is the process that I use to create all of my photographs and I like to describe it as a type of ‘reverse lit digital photogram.’ I enjoy the tactility of the process and the way that the photographic space is represented differently than with a traditional camera lens, giving an almost 3-dimensional quality to the image. Using a camera-less technique echoes the traditional methods used for the very first botanical photographs taken in the early part of the 19th century, such as the cyanotype photogram.

I have always been passionate about conservation and the natural environment, and the botanical world never ceases to provide me with inspiration. Plants and flowers are beautiful things but there’s more to them than the way they look. For me, photography is a great tool to give plants the space to show not only their beauty- and sometimes ‘weirdness’ – but also their powers. My intention in my work is to highlight the details of the botanical world around us, and to hopefully encourage positive action and conservation for the future.

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