Zoom in on the exquisite details of Jess Shepherd’s hyperrealistic renderings of fallen leaves. The botanical painter plans to create a book of her illustrations, which are all based on leaves found in different areas of London.
“The story began when I picked up a leaf from a London pavement in July 2014,” she says. “It had been scuffed by the streets of the city and was no longer attached to the tree, but blowing across the ground in the wind. Like me, it was on the move.”
Fascinated by the intricacies of each individual leaf, she created dozens of these paintings over the next few months. The resulting series “is a journey through a botanical dystopia where leaves can be found growing on the margins of human civilization,” she says.
I never spent a lot of time thinking about how my living space looked and felt until I moved 1800km away from my family and friends two years ago. Overnight the atmosphere in my room became a big contributor to my wellbeing. The past me did the present me a solid by organizing the crap out of my room before summer break.