Means of Reproduction


Means of Reproduction is a photography project that explores the transformative power of seeds.

I portray these microcosms as large and mysterious presences, evoking their latent energy and potential to initiate new life through their own transformation. Seeds and the vessels that shield them are essential elements of life and a testament to its enormous vitality and resilience.

The passage of time is a strong element in my images. Seeds themselves are an embodiment of the long and invisible time that continues to shape them and to encapsulate within them the code for new life. Another signifier of passing time, decay, appears frequently and symbolizes memento mori: not only is life fleeting and finite, life and death are two ends of the same continuum.

The selection of images in Means of Reproduction is personal and subjective: I depict only those seeds and seed pods I encounter in ordinary, everyday situations, often while walking. Making these images is an act of contemplation, of discovery and learning, and of love. It brings me closer to nature, whose astonishing designs I now appreciate more than ever.


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TepavcevicSvjetlana Tepavcevic (Bosnia). Lives and works in Washington D.C. A photographer, she graduated in Art from the University of California and Los Angeles, then received a Masters’ Degree in Art from the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions, both individual and collective, and has received several prizes. Tepavcevic’s work explores her environment, based on detailed and long-term observation and focusing on the relationship with objects. Her work can be viewed at Svjetlana Tepavcevic.