May, Richard Pearce’s one-of-a-kind wildflower “photoscans”
are featured at Hello Galena!, a regional artist co-op. Better
than a walk in the woodland, Pearce’s vibrant images of spring
wildflowers show every botanical detail. Stop in the shop at
121 N. Commerce Street in Galena to see the photos created with
an ordinary office scanner.
about this innovative digital imaging technique and Pearce's
efforts to catalog the “Flora of the Upper Mississippi” on his
web site. Site visitors
will find that ongoing work under "Upper Mississippi Wildflower
Series" where 97 wildflower species are displayed online.
2001, Pearce has imaged plants and insects that populate the
tri-sate area. Because many wildflowers cannot be disturbed
or picked, he devises methods for taking the scanner, computer,
auxiliary lighting, and power source to the subjects. “I am
still developing these ‘in situ’ techniques,” Pearce explains,
“and expect that new generations of scanners will be so improved
that magnification will increase to 50 or more times life size,
and depth of field will allow ultra-sharp imaging of objects
up to a few inches wide.”
in Pearce's work may make a purchase at the Hello Galena! shop,
see his collection online,
or contact him via
is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of more than
65 local artists. Their artwork and signature gift items are
displayed at 121 N. Commerce Street, Galena, Ill. Artists staff
the art-only shop. Check out our handy online
map, store hours and directions.
information, call (815) 777-1448 during shop hours.