Nuni Ryder has lived in Dorset most of her life. She studied photography at the Arts Institute in Bournemouth. In her final year she began to make images of the natural world using a high powered microscope. This work opened up an intriguing world of unimagined detail,
rich in texture and complex design. Since then she has enjoyed capturing the undetected
minutiae of life: whether it is an iridescent beetle or the delicate detail of a wild flower. Her work marries her love of nature with her sense for style and colour. Since leaving college and the microscope, Nuni has worked on a number of other projects including portraiture and erotica, which resulted in a book.
My love of nature can be traced back to my childhood, brought up on a farm on the edge of Poole Harbour. My interest in photography began over twenty years ago whilst traveling extensively throughout the Middle and Far East, South America and sailing in the West Indies. Initial photographic studies began in London. This was followed by jobs as a freelance assistant for several well established food photographers, whose main work concentrated on editorials and cookery books. I have always been in awe of the natural world, especially mesmerized by its extraordinary diversity. I pay particular attention to the tiny details, especially the little creatures and plants surrounding my everyday life, a collection of which began some years ago. During my final year at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, I began making images of this collection on a high-powered microscope. Here I discovered a new way of looking at the familiar, an intriguing new world of unimagined detail, rich in texture and complex design. The results were both fascinating and exciting. they were no longer merely dead objects, the life in them still obviously apparent. The first body of work on the microscope resulted in an eighteen month touring exhibition, 'Mad About Bugs'. This series of photographs, whilst being representational of insects, unveiled an abstract canvas of detail and vibrant natural color which in many cases was not always visible to the naked eye. A selection of the work was published in the style guru's magazine, Viewpoint, and I was also interviewed for a local television programme, Three Minutes. The work involving sections of tiny flowers and feathers are individually photographed and pieced together, and not one large image cut up. Constricted by the scale of larger subjects on the microscope the idea developed to shoot individual frames to retain the unique detail not necessarily obvious to the naked eye, yet once the overall photograph is constructed the whole subject becomes clear. I would love to see this work printed up large enough to fill a whole wall. The idea for the pressed wild flower series began on a holiday in Portugal at Easter when the hillsides were covered in wild flowers. I did not have a camerathat could capture their tiny and delicate inticacies to the detail that I was after. I therefore collected some flowers, pressed them, brought them home and created these collages under the microscope. All the work is a celebration of my relationship to the natural world, in which I am constantly inspired. I have observed its unique beauty and have humbly attempted to create a personal vision of nature's art. I have been taking photographs for over twenty years and in that time I have explored many different aspects of image making, from travel documentary, to fine art and portraiture and erotica.
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