Mussels and Snails
1940 - late 1960s
The biologist and Darwinist Ernst Haeckel gave Ehrhardt the idea that observing nature leads to understanding nature. Haeckel illustrated his way of observing nature with detailled drawings which Ehrhardt took as a link to his photographs of mussles, snails, cuttlefish, corals and sponges. Ehrhardt wanted to show that the wealth of natural forms does not have its origin in chaos or formless waste, instead he emphasized "what strictly technical laws nature follows in its creation of forms and what a model of an architectonic and motoric spirit govers these organisms when they develop the shape of their bodies, leaves or shells".