Magic in Nature

Photographic Exhibition by Barbara Manzi-Fe

Barbara Manzi-Fé takes close-up photographs of flowers which she presents as large scale prints.  Her delicate, yet dramatic, exquisitely coloured pictures are photographed in gardens in England - more often than not her own -  and in the wild meadows of the Alps.  Each of the prints in Magic in Nature is the result of careful studied observation using natural lighting and differential focusing.  Barbara’s images evoke the magical, fresh vibrancy of each individual flower. A variety of forms appear, some with an irridescent and delicate tissue-paper-like quality, and others of a more fiery trumpet-like boldness.  All have in common the beautiful colours and creativity of nature; and in each flower portrait Barbara instinctively captures the essence of that particular bloom. Barbara applies the same principles to her Landscape Photography.

Barbara has returned to photography after a career in psychotherapy.  Born in Switzerland she gained her photographic diploma with distinction in London, before working in Zurich with a fashion photographer.  She subsequently lectured in photography at Bath Academy of Art as well as pursuing her own photographic work.

Barbara Manzi-Fé’s work has been compared to Georgia O’Keefe and has been described as “evocative and inspirational”, “Wonderfully sensitive”, “Brilliant”, “Gorgeous”, and “Sensitive”.  Barbara says of her work : “The large scale, many times magnified sensuous flower photos reveal previously unseen textures, forms and colour; images we carry in our minds long after we have seen the photographs - images we want to live with.”


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