@folia_folia

A visual diary filled to the brim with simply stunning photographs: this is Marzena’s account @folia_folia

Hue, Contrast, Saturation – Marzena just gets it right. The luscious plant life on her account crops up from plant conservatories, quiet indoor scenes, and crisp close-ups. The colour range is edited into blackened green, white, and the pastel shades created by diffused light. The images have a timeless quality to them, and you can see it right away: there’s an artist at work here. “I like to think about light,” says Marzena, who is in her early thirties and came to Vienna from a small town close to Krakow, Poland. She enrolled on a degree in fine arts and stayed: “Vienna is a beautiful city. There are many parks and gardens, where people relax on sunny days.”

An aura of the idyllic, of moments of quiet, resonates through Marzena’s images. They evoke reminiscencesof 19thcentury plant trends. The Age of Innocence: ferns, palms, glass houses, conservatories. The shots look composed, staged almost – but never artificial.

 

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After completing her degree, Marzena started working as a commercial photographer. She uses both her phone as well as her camera – the latter in particular for wide angle shots.
@folia_folia is Marzena’s artistic refuge and hobby. It’s more a documentation of how she sees things, rather than the usual Insta experience: The captions are concise, there are no pictures of herself, or other humans for that matter. Except for one image of a friend, who is a plant lover like her. Many think the account is his, she says, and laughs.

Marzena learnt about plant care by observing her father, who was not very good at explaining, but, well – good at being observed. Marzena herself is parent to about forty plants. She swaps, she propagates, she gives away – the number sways. She enjoys the meditative quality of regular plant care, of contemplating growth and change. It’s the same quietness a visit to one of Vienna’s botanical gardens instills in her, after a long and busy day, and this mix of calm and joy is reflected in her account. It’s not a garish view of plants, nothing flamboyant, self-absorbed or flashy, but a reflection on the beauty of time and light.