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Botan­i­cal By Samuel Zeller, Hox­ton Mini Press, £16.95, 112 pages, hard­back, ISBN 978-1910566336

IN 2015 Samuel Zeller had a bad day at the of­fice. To al­le­vi­ate his stress he de­cided to get off the train a stop early and stroll around The Con­ser­va­tory and Botan­i­cal Gar­den in Geneva, pho­tograph­ing plants that caught his eye. This marked the start of a per­sonal project record­ing the beauty of ex­otic plants glimpsed through the smudgy glass of green­houses. The images are rem­i­nis­cent of im­pres­sion­ist paint­ings, and it’s no sur­prise to learn that Zeller is the son of two artists. Lush green leaves push against the glass, while the tex­tured sur­face cre­ates a won­der­ful play of light. Zeller’s back­ground as a graphic de­signer is clear through­out the se­ries: win­dow frames, bars and gird­ers play a star­ring role, di­vid­ing com­po­si­tions. Hox­ton Mini Press has done a fan­tas­tic job of show­cas­ing Zeller’s art. ★★★★★ Tracy Calder

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