The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits

The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits displays specimens from the carpology collection of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

The herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is home to more than 3 million specimens of dried plant material collected from all over the world covering a period of over 300 years. Throughout its long history, scientists have used the RBGE herbarium collection to help them interpret the diversity of plants and fungi. Crops, poisonous plants, garden plants, medicinal plants, tiny herbs, giant rainforest trees – all kinds of plants and fungi are represented. By acting as ‘libraries’ of plant material, herbaria have are crucial in helping us to determine which plants grow where and how we can differentiate them.

Over a period of 6 months, Levon Biss examined many thousands of specimens to select just 117 for photography. Using is bespoke camera system and photo stacking techniques, Levon was able to achieve extreme levels of detail from even the smallest of seeds only a few millimetres long. The resulting photography is an exhibition that celebrates the beauty of nature in its bid to reproduce.

Rosary Pea (Abrus precatorius)POS LB 242 01$2,000.00
Melembu (Pterocymbium tinctorium)POS LB 242 02$1,500.00
Birthwort (Aristolochia sp.)POS LB 242 03$1,500.00
Sandplain Woody Pear (Xylomelum angustifolium)POS LB 242 04$2,000.00
Candlestick Banksia (Banksia attenuata)POS LB 242 05$1,500.00
Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla)POS LB 242 06$1,500.00
Hata (Pandanus hata)POS LB 242 07$1,500.00
Grapple Plant (Harpagophytum zeyheri)POS LB 242 08$1,500.00
Medang Pajal (Ternstroemia sp.)POS LB 242 09$1,500.00
Yellow Piqua (Aspidosperma tomentosum)POS LB 242 10$1,500.00
Bofiyu (Esenbeckia cornuta)POS LB 242 11$1,500.00
Chinese Sweetgum (Liquidambar formosana)POS LB 242 12$1,500.00
Shell Ginger (Alpinia sp.)POS LB 242 13$1,500.00
Sandillon (Eriosyce aurata)POS LB 242 14$1,500.00
Field Manioc (Zeyheria montana)POS LB 242 15$1,500.00
Crown Flower (Calotropis gigantea)POS LB 242 16$1,500.00
Cruel Plant (Araujia sericifera)POS LB 242 17$1,500.00
Indonesian Kapur (Dryobalanops oblongifolia)POS LB 242 18$1,500.00
Seraya Duan Kasar (Shorea fallax)POS LB 242 19$1,500.00
Coco De Mer (Lodoicea maldivica)POS LB 242 20$1,500.00
Ketepuk (Claoxylon longifolium var. rugifrux)POS LB 242 21$1,500.00
Great Stipule Tree (Magnistipula butayei)POS LB 242 22$1,500.00
Himalayan Pear (Pyrus pashia)POS LB 242 23$1,500.00
Giant Banksia (Banksia grandis)POS LB 242 24$1,500.00
Singhara Nut (Trapa natans var. natans)POS LB 242 25$1,500.00

Xposure hosts solo exhibition spaces for acclaimed photographers along with group exhibitions for professional institutions. All exhibiting photographers will be present during the festival, enabling you the opportunity to meet and talk to them about their work.