Have you ever wondered what a white pine bonsai tree would look like if it fell from the sky? Thanks to Tokyo-based Makoto Azuma, you don’t have to anymore. As part of his most recent project, titled Exobiotanica, Azuma dropped both a bonsai tree and a beautiful flower arrangement from the sky, photographing the fall using still cameras and video recorders. The resulting images are out of this world—literally.
Although Makoto Azuma has been creating floral masterpieces in Tokyo for over a decade, he came to Gerlach, Nevada to launch and photograph his space-bound creations. For this project, Azuma chose two very specific botanical objects: a 50-year-old white pine bonsai tree and a stunning floral arrangement made up of lilies, irises, orchids, dahlias, poppy seed pods and other colorful flowers. With the help of his team and company JP Aerospace, the flower artist then created a frame to attach tracking devices and cameras to each object.