Photography by Paula Reis
“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale,
You could not ignore its beauty.”
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and trained as a child therapist/school counselor Paula now uses her camera to capture the beauty and wonder of the natural world. A self-taught macro photographer, Paula credits her inspiration and style to Georgia O’Keefe.
All of her work examines the complexity of botanical images, with a focus on light, color, form and essence. She captures the flower as if it were a portrait, looking for the perfect pose and lighting to enhance the subject.
Often, Paula will find a subject that warrants extensive study so she will photograph that flower species, in her studio, year after year under varied light source, position and color temperature. The reward is a glimpse into the magic, mystery and beauty inherent in nature. Just as a painter will present their unique vision of a subject, the photographer too can create a fusion of abstractions and representations on a canvas. Paula’s images are positioned on stark backgrounds which intensify the colors of the flowers allowing the viewer to experience being awash in hues not visible to the naked eye. The flower studies can draw one in to the center of a bloom for a “bees eye view”.
Most of the flowers are grown in Paula’ s greenhouse and gardens in the Pacific Northwest.