“Depth must be hidden. Where? On the surface”. H. Hofmannsthal

What intrigues me the most in photography is the fact that you can on one hand be descriptive and capture your subject as it is and on the other hand capture the same subject and create a completely new interpretation of it.

Wherever I go I am always looking at the texture, shape, form, color of different surfaces and also how the small details are inserted in a much wider context. I love the saying “God lives in the detail”.

While we were living in Beijing, we once we decided to spend a holiday in Langkawi, which is an archipelago of 140 islands in  the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland of northwestern Malaysia.

There in the garden of the hotel the trunk tree captured my attention. The tree was slender, tall and its bark had such interesting texture, because in pilling off uneven it reveals different hues and patterns. So I decided to investigate the life cycle of this organism almost as in a botany lesson.

When I started to edit the pictures I was absolutely surprised by the result and it invited me to go further not only saturating the hues and stretching the contrast, but also unfolding each take in a series of inverted replicas. At that point the perception of the object was transfigured and we couldn’t have said what it initially had been. In this way the series Circuli was born.

I really encourage everyone to investigate in nature, but be aware! Always use booths and before starting to photograph check around, once we start to photograph we can be so absorbed that it is possible to not notice animals that were there before us. This was the case, when I found a snake very early one morning while I was preparing to start shooting.