© 2019 by Kai Tormod Hansen

Botanical prints / blomsterbilder

My botanical prints are inspired from the traditional herbarium. I have carried nature indoors and laid it out for pure delight. My nature is not exotic, it is the everyday plants you find in your backyard, in the forest and in the mountains and which you walk by without a second glance or thought. Why not take a better look at them? Give them entrance.

When they were at school, my children were always surprised on their trips to woods: they didn’t understand why the other children didn’t know the difference between yarrow and cow parsley. It seems that knowledge of plants is not passed down via the curriculum these days. In my attic, I find my mother’s old herbarium where she, in her school days, collected and dried plants recording the name, place, and date and signing it earnestly with her best handwriting. Maybe today’s school teaches more about ecosystems and climate, and a globalist nature, but what do these abstract concepts mean to children

if they don ́t know the basics? Nature deserves, and we deserve too, that we know it – that we dedicate time and thought to it.

This photo project is a small study on how to appreciate common nature with fresh eyes. Take a look at lily of the valley: it is beautiful when it flowers in springtime, but it is also appealing in late fall, when the leaves turn brown and the white flowers become red poisonous berries. Have you seen the bindweed twisting and turning elegantly around your neigh- bourhood? Have you taken a moment to appreciate the pleas- ing green of the black alder? Have you ever given pause to the flowers that will become blueberries? Take some time to learn the personality of the plants: the aggressive thistle, the playful witch hazel.