Plants have encouraged me to take pictures. The diversity, shapes, colours, smells and fragile beauty of flowers and plants have fascinated me from childhood. To be able to recognize and name plant species, I started photographing them closely during my studies in ecology. This has taught me to better observe, zoom in and out and see that everything is connected and interacting with each other. Photographing plants, on the spot, freshly cut or dried, and visually exploring the continuous state of flux of gardens and landscapes has become a lifelong passion of mine. It broadens my thinking, makes me humble and gives me a sense of being rooted. The challenge for my photography is to highlight the ordinary, that which you easily overlook, and to make it special as an intimate cross-fertilization between art and nature. It enriches my view of the world and humanity.
Something touches us when we have a bond with it. A realm in which this shows itself par excellence is the garden. I am equally charmed by the earthy, messy do it yourself-ness of allotment gardens and the sacred, distinguished tranquility of enclosed ornamental gardens. They are places where various senses are stimulated at the same time and the observations respond to each other. “whoever plants a garden, plant happiness” is a wise, ancient Chinese spell. Gardening, visiting gardens and photographing gardens are inextricably linked to me. I like to spend some time in a garden, strolling and observing the shifting light and patterns, and try to fathom the different spheres of the site. The sheer beauty and total silence in many occasions is pure magic. Without fail, the making of intimate photos of gardens, the canopy of trees an the planting for me is an enriching experience. It is a quest, a dialogue, and a relationship not fixed or terminable.
We breathe nature, we eat nature, we wear nature, we live thanks to nature, and we are nature. The landscape is a living-thinking container in which everything exists in relationship with one another, where connectedness and harmony manifests and the individual, space and time unite. The wild places of Scotland is where my desire to take pictures really has taken hold of me, encouraging me to spend more time outside, exploring locally and further afield. I respond to natural environments on an intuitive, sensual and emotional level. With a keen eye for the subtle, ever-changing interplay between light and landscape, chaos and order, nature and culture I like to discover and capture intimate images that are fleeting, here for a moment and then gone. There has to be a personal resonance with the sense of place. My portfolio express how I see the natural world, how I interpret what I see and experience. The search for purity and beauty with a touch of ‘wabi-sabi’ has no end and no beginning, only an elongated present.
The Antropoceen is a period of time marked by multiple crises. The climate change, plastic soup, ecocide, environmental pollution, overexploitation of natural resources, growing social segregation, cultural degradation and so on are all a legacy of our greed. Deep down it’s a spiritual crises. Mankind has lost the connection with nature, the natural cycles and mother Gaia. The virtual world neither Mars offer us a way out. We have to change urgently! Nature is indifferent and has the time on her side. The photo series New Dawn shows various signs of the collapse of Western Society on the small scale, and how in the end Nature will regain its just place, vitality and Holy Spirit.