Create botanical photo art with microscopic insights

Botanical photo art
(Image credit: Future)

In the period preceding the invention of photography, visualizing botanical subjects carried a huge significance. Detailed drawings of various plants allowed people from all cultures to identify plants that were useful for healing purposes and those that were toxic plants and communicate the differences without a common language. 

This was crucial during the time of explorers, such as Christopher Columbus, as they ventured to foreign lands. These drawings served as the basis for pharmacists to develop and teach medical techniques and craft the necessary medication for people worldwide, ultimately saving millions of lives in the fight against fevers and pandemics.


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Kim Bunermann
Technique Editor

Kim is the Technique Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine. She specializes in architecture, still life and product photography and has a Master's degree in Photography and Media with a distinction from the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany. While studying, Kim came to the UK for an exchange term at the London College of Communication. She settled in the UK and began her career path by joining Future. Kim focuses on tutorials and creative techniques, and particularly enjoys interviewing inspiring photographers who concentrate on a range of fascinating subjects including women in photography, the climate crisis; the planet, its precious creatures and the environment.