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Eerie Photos Of Landscapes Overtaken By Kudzu

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Eerie Photos Of Landscapes Overtaken By Kudzu

Kudzu is an intrusive plant species that spreads and grows at a rapid pace, taking over all other plant life within its reach. Fascinated by the alien landscapes the plant creates, Swedish photographer Helen Schmitz began documenting the impact kudzu has on landscapes in southern American states.

How did this bizarre plant begin its reign of terror in the U.S.? It all started with a poorly thought out gift.

Kudzu was delivered to the U.S. back in the late 19th century as a gift from Japan. Though the vine was beautiful, botanists soon began to raise concerns regarding its aggressive nature. Kudzu had no natural predators and it was swiftly taking over everything in its path!

Kudzu grows at an alarming rate of thirty centimeters in just twenty-four hours. When it encounters another plant, it grows over it and smothers it by blocking all sunlight. Today, Kudzu is recognized as one of the most invasive species in the world.

To capture images of this aggressive vine, Schmitz traveled to Alabama and Georgia, states located in the deep south of the U.S. She shot her series using an 8" x 10" large format camera. Using this technique meant that each shot required hours of preparation.

In order to capture one of the fastest growing plant in the world, Schmitz used one of the slowest methods of photography available. We're almost surprised you can't see the plant growing in these shots!

Via This Is Paper

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