He turned to his cactus photography for this project. These are not your typical photos of cacti. His pictures are tight close-ups of an isolated portion of the plant against a stark black background, which highlights its bio-symmetry. “I want to make a photo that illustrates a close-up intimacy with the plant,” he says. “The paradox in this is that the cactus, by its own spiny nature, defies intimacy.” Website: Stevenderks.com and gallery801.com.