Robert Llewellyn, knew from the very first time he started porting an old Nikon camera around his high school in southern Virginia that all he wanted to do was to take pictures. He left his engineering studies at the University of Virginia a little early and headed out to California to learn under famous photographer Imogen Cunningham in Eureka in 1968 for that very reason.

Now a prominent professional photographer, Bob has operated for most of four decades out of his “house-cum-studio” overlooking the Rivanna River in Earlysville, Virginia. Known as Balmullo Farm, it’s located just outside Charlottesville.

The newness he sees in everything has kept Bob saying “wow” often as a photographer. His entire body of work is infused with an enduring inquisitiveness accompanied by a childlike sense of wonder — which he’s brought to his recent photographic study of trees, flowers, and seeds.

Lives in Earlysville, VA


B.F.A. in Engineering Science and Studio Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Studied photography with Imogen Cunningham, Eureka, CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions
The Botanical Photographs of Robert Llewellyn, Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC
Seeing Flowers, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

Seeing Trees: Photographs by Robert Llewellyn, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
Natural Wonders, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

Selected Group Exhibitions

The Cyclorama, The Boston Center for The Arts, Boston, MA

Flora Photographica: A Study in Contrast, United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC
A Christmas Art Exhibit, at the Home of James and Dolley Madison, Montpelier, VT

Scenes of the Piedmont, Nichols Gallery Annex, Barboursville, VA

MSAC 40th Anniversary Exhibit, MSAC/James Backas Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Protecting Trees to Protect Water Quality, travelling exhibit: Nelson County Library, Nelson, VA; Louisa County Administration Building, Louisa, VA; Fluvanna County Administration Building, Fluvanna, VA; and Lake Monticello Club House, Palmyra, VA

Selected Bibliography

Seeing Trees, 180 photographs, Timber Press

Remarkable Trees of Virginia, 176 photographs, Albemarle books

Empires in the Forest, 115 photographs, Rivanna Foundation

Albemarle, 103 photographs, Albemarle books

Spirits in Stone, 144 photographs, Clarkson Potter Publishers

The Academical Village, 56 photographs, Thomasson, Grant & Lickle

Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown, 117 photographs, Rizzoli International
Hollins, 61 photographs, Hollins College
Ithaca College, 59 photographs, Ithaca College
Reflections of Washington, DC, 216 photographs, Gallery Books

The American University, 87 photographs, Fort Church Publishers

Georgetown, 50 photographs, Georgetown University Press
Washington, 103 photographs, Howell Press

The Cathedral of St. Peter & St. Paul, 85 photographs, Howell Press
Chicago, 109 photographs, Howell Press

Pennsylvania, 107 photographs, Foremost Publishers

MIT, 110 photographs, Fort Church Publishers
Philadelphia, 103 photographs, Foremost Publishers

Virginia, 99 photographs, Thomasson and Howell
Penn, 110 photographs, Fort Church Publishers

Boston, 105 photographs, Foremost Publishers

Monticello, 81 photographs, Thomasson Grant

Washington, The Capital, 89 photographs, Thomasson Grant

Upland Virginia, 54 photographs, Upland Publishing
Silver Wings, 44 photographs, Casadega Group

I want to know, and have always wanted to know, how everything works. Even the ubiquitous objects directly in front of me, which often go unnoticed. This urge compels me to make intimate images of my immediate landscape. Fragments of my familiar world, which are not quite new to me, but can be shockingly unique when scrutinized. These entities, which we have named trees and flowers, when deeply contemplated can open up new worlds. They fill all of the space around us. To really see this flora I need to get extremely close. Once close enough to this life, I find that they are akin to a new civilization, living among us in silence. We know very little about plants, other than the inevitable fact that they are born, they die, and they live in communities like humans. Their mission, like ours, is to continue thriving on this Earth. And also similar to us, their life is complex, fascinating, and very very beautiful.