"I was moved by a single dead leaf most would mindlessly step over. I felt compelled to try and capture its essence and find a way to visually exalt its exquisite beauty and uniqueness for all to see."
For her latest exhibition in London,
Azadeh Ghotbi has drawn inspiration from what others might find banal: the dead and sometimes decaying leaves strewn all over the garden squares near the British Museum. Last autumn, she started stooping to collect these pieces of foliage. Her exhibition now contains thirty-six varieties of them, exquisitely photographed in close-up and in high resolution.
The photographs are startling in their fragile beauty. Some of them stand out as if they were 3-D visuals. They are Azadeh's touching reflection on the transience of life -- and form an ensemble that is definitely worth seeing.
Visits are by appointment until the end of May at the Karavil Contemporary Gallery, 91 Mortimer Street off Regent Street -- just drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 7447 011427.