Tina Leto’s fabric designs feature amazing photorealistic flowers in striking detail. Where does she get these lovely blooms? She grows them, of course! As a documentary photographer, Tina views authenticity as a driving principle so when inspiration strikes the first tool she grabs is not her camera, but a garden spade. Months of weeding and watering precede every photo. Once the flowers are ready for their close-up, Tina focuses on revealing their textures and sculptural forms through magnification, an art tradition reaching back to the early 20th century. Like her inspiration, photography pioneer Karl Blossfeldt, Tina finds these botanical details transformative. Tina's work over 30 years encompasses just about every photographic subject you can imagine except for underwater and outer space. She has documented people and architecture most frequently, but an impulse to return to black and white photography led her to try her hand showing the details of some forlorn alley weeds. From there her work literally blossomed as she re-embraced color and took her own garden as a subject.