Codex Pacificus

PhotographerLaara Cerman
PrizeSilver in Nature / Flowers
Entry Description

“Codex Pacificus” is a modern interpretation of the millennia- old art of botanical image making. My focus are the wild plants of my home British Columbia, Canada. As medicine became available in concentrated pill form and food easily accessible through grocery stores rather than directly through forest and farm, our reliance on wild plants as medicine and as food has faded and thus our knowledge of local plants has degraded. I find these plants in unrecognized and under utilized spaces and I return throughout the year in order to gather the plant in the entirety of it’s life cycle. These spaces have become lush with diverse flora which are great habitats for bees, birds, and butterflies. Frequently these areas full of wild plants are mown down essentially destroying much needed ecosystems for pollinators and are thus replaced with a homogeneous, green, manicured lawn devoid of diversity.