Xerophile: Cactus Photographs from Expeditions of the Obsessed - Aesthetic Post

Xerophile: Cactus Photographs from Expeditions of the Obsessed

Xerophile: Cactus Photographs from Expeditions of the Obsessed

Xerophile: Cactus Photographs from Expeditions of the Obsessed

Xerophile: Cactus Photographs from Expeditions of the Obsessed

Xerophile: Cactus Photographs from Expeditions of the Obsessed

Xerophile: Cactus Photographs from Expeditions of the Obsessed

Xerophile: Cactus Photographs from Expeditions of the Obsessed

Xerophile: Cactus Photographs from Expeditions of the Obsessed is the work of Echo Park (Los Angeles)-based Cactus Store. A specific book with broad appeal, Xerophile is a compilation of over five hundred photographs of rare and unusual plants, taken over 80 years by both professional and amateur enthusiasts. Somewhere between photography book and reference guide, Xerophile’s minimalist format includes full-page photos with simple captions of the specimen’s botanical name, location of photograph, and in many cases, fine points about the plant. Not simply a book for cacti-lovers, Xerophile explores the diversity of these dry condition plants and how they are just one small aspect of the planet’s flora, speaking to the adventurer and the curious.

From the geographic climates one might expect, and reaching as far as Somalia and the Galápagos Islands, the book explores the oft-overlooked plants that thrive in places remote, exotic, and sometimes unexpected. The admirer’s journey to capture these Xerophiles, a word from the Greek xeros (dry), and philos (loving), is inspiring, and 30 pages are dedicated to interviews and insight.

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