A Hawaiian palm

I  bought a Hawaiian palm in a garden center in Utrecht, a small Dutch city for the price of € 7,99. While buying the palm part of the profit saves the seven Hawaiian palms that still remain in the wild.

During a risky mission with the use of cables volunteers have fertilized the palms amongst each other. The natural insect that used to be responsible for this job, most probably a moth with a very long beak, has died out already. With the use of branches new trees are grown, with the merchandise of these reproduction the wild population is maintained.

I took my copy of the Hawaiian palm to the studio, taking photographs with an analog Hasselblad middle format camera. I made use of the studio flashes and shot both black and white and colour photographs. The black and white film I developed myself in the dark room and flowingly I made several prints. The colour film I had developed in a photo lab, a few years ago the colour lab was closed due to a lack of interest of the students. After the film was developed I scanned in the negatives, making them digital I could now make an endless amount of reproductions.

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