Through the lenses of my camera, I try to reveal the details of each leaf that I encounter and magnify the beauty of its shapes and colors.
When looking at this leaf I see texture, color, marks, veins and protrusions like the skin of an animal. The immediate desire is to touch it and feel the roughness, the hollows and the protuberances. And in touching it I feel every detail of what nature has created and shaped. And I translate that feeling into the photography using my eyes and my camera.
Author: Ulla von Czékus (Salvador, BA, Brazil). Fascinated by plants, as long as she remembers, she has inherited her mother's passion, and developed an intrinsic relationship with photography as a child, influenced by her father – photographer by hobby, who loved to record family moments. For 30 years, she worked in the intense and stressful corporate world, when in 2017, during a process of slowing down and reconstructing the long lost sensitivity, she turned her gaze to the appreciation of beauty. Then, she united her two passions, resulting in a macrophotographic investigation that records each phase, from resplendence to senescence, of the observed object. Exploring and discovering unusual textures, colors and shapes in seeds, leaves, flowers and trees that suggest a reflection, as a visual metaphor, for the temporality and impermanence of human life.
With a scientific and poetic look, she participated in the last two editions of Agosto das Artes, in 2018 and 2019, both at Palacete das Artes, in Salvador (BA, Brazil). She also received three awards through the Botanicals Art Competition and Patterns Art Competition in 2019.