‘The Aesthetic Occupation of Flora’ stems from photographer Oscar Henderson-Pennington’s fascination with the ways that mankind re-appropriates objects of nature, using plants and flowers to adorn the artificial environments we have created for ourselves. Hidden behind the decorative use of flora in hyper-urban settings is the subconscious human desire to maintain some form of connection to the natural world, and it is precisely this latent desire that Oscar Henderson-Pennington draws out in his photography.
Throughout this series, plants are presented as the anomalies of their environment. They interrupt the sweeping lines and gridded structures of the city, as these natural forms breaking up the monotonous rigid spaces of our manufactured landscapes. Their presents evidences the aesthetic value that plants hold, and the transformative impact they can have on their surroundings.
Oscar Henderson-Pennington was born and raised in Leicester, United Kingdom. He recently graduated from his photography degree at Leeds College of Art (UK). Now living and working in Leeds, Oscar continues to develop future photographic and arts based projects. He is also involved with a group of fellow photography graduates from LCA as part of Round Table Collective. The group is currently in the process of working on their first commission based brief in Leeds city center, which will be completed in late 2016.