David Lupton's passion for pressed flowers started with a simple love story.

The Manawatu photographer was asked some time ago to photograph an inner-city garden in Palmerston North for a book.

Lupton got to know the owner, who showed him the treasured books in her library, many of which contained pressed flowers between their pages; little love tokens from her late husband.

This sparked Lupton's fascination with pressing flowers, and he began a journey of discovery of his own on how to press, light, shoot and preserve the ephemeral beauty of a garden that was tended with love.

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