Carolina Schaffer is a biologist, photographer and model. Along with her fiancé Vitor Sá, who is a photographer, they have created the series Sua Flora: a poetic about flowers and love. A series where they use nature as inspiration to give uniqueness to the beauty of flowers.
In their own words:
It was spring 2015. We had been living together for 1 year. On a sunny late afternoon, Vitor took the flowers from the living room vase, the tablecloth, and called me: “Bonita, lay down here quickly. I want to take a picture!” After some time gently arranging each flower around my head, #SuaFlora was born. We often think that Sua Flora is poetry in the form of light, a silent declaration of love for ourselves and for one another, in a gesture of dedication and mutual surrender to art and Mother Nature herself.
That first picture was a mere chance. We used flowers that I had bought in a market that was close to home in Brasilia. The others appeared to us. Whether it be at the exit of the theater, in the gardens of my grandmother, or on the path we did during our many walks through the city. Then, of course, we got bolder and started planning trips just to get a certain flower. Today, wherever we go, we keep an eye on the flowers that are all around us. We have already photographed in Chile and the United States, as well as some cities in Brazil. Most of the flowers are from the Cerrado and Atlantic Rainforest. Each flower has a history, and its moment but what is common in almost all the photos is the respect we have with nature. We always try to choose the flowers that have already fallen from the tree and, when it is the case to collect, if it does not have enough flowers for a picture we let the plants intact and we go.
The idea now is to put together all the pictures in a book and who knows make an exhibition. In the meantime, we continue to meet in the middle of the flowers. We want to photograph flowers from the Amazon, the Pampa, the Caatinga, the Pantanal (Brazilian Ecosystems)… and, of course, flowers from all around the World.
All images © Vitor Sá & Carolina Schäffer – Sua Flora