Botanical photography is a challenge. On the one hand, it's important to create photos with technical skill, that balance light and shadow, form and texture, color and structure. On the other hand it is important to capture the essence of the subject, to illustrate it in some botanically appropriate and informative way. Otherwise the photo is just a pretty picture.
Over the years, as I've collected many hundreds of photographs of gesneriads, it has become clear to me that there are a lot of photographers who have technical competence or a botanic sensibility, but not very many who bring both together, who combine the best of botanical illustration and the best of artistic representation.
It's my pleasure to present here some of the very best of the photos on this site, in high resolution format for the proper appreciation of the skill and artistry of the photographers. I've created separate Galleries for the work of these talented individuals (more galleries will be created in the future). Within each gallery is some commentary about the work of the highlighted photographer, and links to both standard image pages within the GRW, and to high-resolution photos. For those with slow dial-up connections, the high-resolution photos may take quite a while to load -- bear with it, it's worth it.
The high-resolution photos are optimized for screen displays set to a resolution of 1024x768 -- all photos fit within those dimensions. If your display is set to a smaller resolution (e.g. 800 x 600) you will have to scroll to see the whole picture. All images benefit from choosing the "Full Screen" view (on the View menu in Internet Explorer -- alternatively, pressing F11 toggles the view between regular and full screen).