Giant Portraits Printed onto Grass with the Help of Photosynthesis

Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey‘s living grass portraits are a testament to creativity. Created by exposing patches of seedling grass to the sun through custom-made negatives, these portraits are grown rather than taken. And just like the regular pictures and the subjects inside them, over time, the images on the grass will fade and disappear.

Park Ave + Resident (via My Modern Met)

Image credits: Photographs by Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey

  • Adam Rhoades

    I saw these at the Big Chill Festival in 2007, they where very impressive, I spoke to the artist, he told me how careful he had to be watering the portraits to keep them alive, the timing had to be just right during the day else the paler portions would turn green before the festival was over!

  • Jake

    This might be my new favorite thing in the world.

  • Pryere

    The best thing I’ve seen for a long time. 

  • 9inchnail

    You should definitely post one of the pictures you can find when you follow the link to My Modern Met. They show the process of actually growing the grass. The photos here don’t really stand for themselves, they might as well be tinted b/w-shots or otherwise photoshopped. At least one photo showing the actual creation of those pictures should be shown here.

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  • Michael

    Once you grasp the idea of photography it’s basically just a trick: the nourishing of grass or the enlargement of halftone dots is the same to Mother Nature.