Artists Grow Photos For Wimbledon
For this years Wimbledon Tennis Championship, HSBC commissioned artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey to create a series of large photographs using one of their favorite mediums, grass. The pair started by photographing three people prior to the event; Tara Moore who competed in the qualifying tournament, Eddie Seaward the 15 year veteran groundsman at Wimbledon, and Coach Lizzie May who guides the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative.
Back in the studio the artists develop the photos in a very similar way to printing in a darkroom. Large panels are seeded with grass and the images are projected on to them as negatives. The areas that get more light allow the grass to produce more chlorophyll and darken. It took about a week for projecting the image for 12 hours a day to complete the Wimbledon work.