photographyweekly wrap up

weekly wrap up + kari herer

by Grace Bonney

i’m a big fan of kari herer‘s photography. i love the way she combines illustration with still life and turns it into a breathtaking photograph. so i was thrilled to hear from her about her latest collection- a series that combines fresh flowers with bird illustrations.

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when it comes to gorgeous florals, i’m pretty much a “what’s not to love?” sort of girl, so these were right up my alley. and thankfully kari’s prints are available for a very affordable $25 right here at her etsy shop. thanks to kari for passing them along. i’m off to do some more book work (we’re still looking for a few extra new homes and before & afters- email me here if you have any you’d like featured!) so until monday, i hope you all have a wonderful weekend! below is a summary of this week’s posts:

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  • I’m confused, did she draw the birds and add flowers and then take photos or are these flowers photographed over other illustrations? Just wondering about the legality of the latter…

    • aaron i’m pretty sure these are her illustrations, but i’ll ask. i don’t think she’d be naive enough to shoot someone else’s work and sell it ;)


  • Hey Guys,

    These illustrations are based on vintage copyright free image plates. I combine with them fresh flowers and then take my own photographs. Just let me know if you have any other questions or concerns :)


  • Well I am intrigued – you have appealed to both the artist and the horticulturalist in me. The images you have created by collaging and photographing two and three dimensional objects are so imaginative. I find your work absolutely fascinating – and the prints are so affordable…

  • Lauren,
    I had never seen or heard of John Murphy’s work before – but I just took a look at it and it’s amazing!! I love the frames that he uses for most of his work. Just beautiful! Thanks for the link!

    kari h.

    • hi guys

      just a quick note- i covered some of keri’s work like this (photographs of flowers on top of illustrations or 2d images) back in the summer of 2008 so i don’t think she’s lifting this concept off of john. i’m a HUGE john murphy fan so i wouldn’t post anything that i thought was ripping him off, promise ;)


  • re: “i covered some of keri’s work like this (photographs of flowers on top of illustrations or 2d images) back in the summer of 2008”
    I found a post on this site from ’08 about Kari Herer but they were flowers in vases, no flowers over illustrations. Also another one this year with silverware and fake TTV but again no photos of flowers on illustrations. Is there another post and I just can’t find it? I’d like to read it.

  • Photographs of these pieces are definitely a lower price point and probably sell more….But I would LOVE one of these as a whole piece. Dried flowers framed in a shadow box. What a beautiful piece of art!

  • Thanks for the link Grace. TTV is short for through the viewfinder and describes the process of taking a photo of a subject with one camera through the viewfinder of another camera. For example, using a Nikon D80 and taking a photo through the viewfinder of a vintage Kodak Brownie. You can get some interesting results. Fake TTV is when you take a regular photo and then use photo editing software to add a layer over the photograph so that it mimics the look of a real TTV photo – hence fake TTV. If you do a search on Flickr for “ttv texture” you can find free creative commons textures to create your own fake TTV photos.

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