Award-Winning Botanical Photographer Presents Groundbreaking Techniques At Huntington

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Pioneering botanical photographer, David Leaser, best known for stunning close-ups of rare and exotic flowers, internationally acclaimed botanical photographer reveals the secrets behind his groundbreaking images at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens’ “Weird, Wild and Wonderful” Symposium on Saturday, July 25.

Estella Rijnveld I

Estella Rijnveld I

Technology is helping artists change the way people experience nature by showing a view you could never have seen before, I'm excited to share my secrets.

Best known for stunning close-ups of rare and exotic flowers, internationally acclaimed botanical photographer reveals the secrets behind his groundbreaking images at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens’ “Weird, Wild and Wonderful” Symposium on Saturday, July 25.

Leaser will conduct two workshops on “Close-up Botanical Photography: How to Create Astonishingly Detailed Images with a Groundbreaking New Technique.” Attendees will learn the pioneering space-age techniques used to recreate a “bee’s eye” view of flowers from the artist who created them. Leaser will show how he layers dozens of photos to highlight details impossible to see with the naked eye or traditional photography, like a flower’s tiniest hairs or the dew on its petals. He will show how to pick the right subjects, camera settings, lighting, software and even how to create an affordable indoor studio. Documented in NikonWorld Magazine, his techniques can be used on any still-life subject. Leaser’s workshops will take place on Saturday, July 25 from 9-12 a.m. and 2-5 p.m.at the Huntington’s Brody Botanical Center. Cost is $60 per session plus symposium registration fee.

“Technology is helping artists change the way people experience nature by showing a view you could never have seen before,” Leaser said. “I'm excited to share my secrets.”

Leaser joins an array of distinguished international botanical artists who will conduct workshops at the three-day symposium, which celebrates the eccentric beauty of plants. The Huntington has partnered with the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC ) for this event, in conjunction with “Weird, Wild and Wonderful,” a traveling exhibition sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden. The symposium runs July 23-26. Please see http://asba-art.org/conference/www or http://www.huntington.org for more information or call 718-817-8814.

A longtime Southern California resident, Leaser is recognized as one of the world’s leading botanical photographers. His artwork has been praised by the art and photographic communities and has been featured on ABC News, Fox News and in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Architectural Digest, Sunset Magazine and Nikon World. Architectural Digest says Leaser’s images “glow with eye-popping color and pattern,” and Ann Landi, contributing editor for ARTNews, says, “Leaser’s work seduces us as only an unforgettable work of art can, to look and look again.” The Huntington houses 11 of David’s large-scale works in its permanent collection.

Leaser’s “Art in Nature” series was awarded the Grand Champion of Nature and First Place in the Flowers at the Moscow International Foto Awards ’14 competition, a division of the prestigious Lucie Awards. He also received a Silver Medal in the International Photography Awards, and his “Tiger’s Eye” image was the only photograph juried for the prestigious London Art Biennale. In addition to his art collections, Leaser has written four botanical books, including two acclaimed photographic essays. He is a featured lecturer at botanical gardens and museums on fine art photography. For more information, visit http://www.davidleaser.com.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is a renowned research and educational institution famed for its extensive art collections, treasured artifacts and lush gardens. The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Please see http://www.huntington.org or call 626-405-2100 for more information.

ASBA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public awareness of contemporary botanical art, to honoring its traditions and to furthering its development. Please see http://www.asba-art.org
for more information.

BAGSC, a chapter of ASBA, is dedicated to encouraging the development of botanical art and the promotion of public awareness of this artistic tradition. The Guild supports and sponsors workshops with local experts and visiting lecturers in areas such as drawing and painting botanical subjects, botany, calligraphy, and resources. Please see http://www.bagsc.org for more information.

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For information and photographs, contact Denise Leaser at (800) 928-9098 or visit http://davidleaser.com/press-kit to download text and high resolution images.

Keywords: art, David Leaser, Nikon, Nikon World, photography, flowers, botanical, Architectural Digest, Sunset Magazine, Architectural Digest Home Design Show, ARTNews, Ann Landi, Nightflowers, Tiger’s Eye, London Art Biennale, botanical photography

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