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"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, with sweet musk-roses and with eglantine" - A description of fairy queen Titania’s abode in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Drama, art, film and photography all have the power to play with our emotions and to transport us into a different world; a world in which anything is possible. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare takes us into an atmospheric forest scene in which fairies have the power to make us fall in love (or even give someone a donkey’s head).
Tuane Egger’s work is the nearest that I can imagine that photography could come to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Many of her photographs have a moody, hazy tone and Tuane says that she loves to create this sort of atmosphere as it gives her a “nostalgic feeling… that transports you to another time.”
In her images and stop motion films she creates this atmospheric environment in which she asks us to suspend our understanding of everything we thought we knew, and to look at things afresh – to look more closely at a tiny mushroom on a stick or to believe that flowers could grow out of a typewriter.
As with Shakespeare’s play, there are strong nature themes running through Tuane’s work. She uses many flowers in her photographs and told us “I like to know more and more about plants. I love hydrangeas and wild flowers, those born as grass on fields…” The strong seasons of her hometown in native Brazil, where it changes from extremes of hot to cold in summer and winter, also influence her and she tries to capture the best of each season in her works.
Despite living in a city, she prefers the countryside and would always choose to be in a natural place, surrounded by beautiful things and the people she loves, if she could. Wouldn’t we all…