The Follow 13 Gallery presents an exhibition of around fifteen works by photographer Thomas Balaÿ dedicated to succulent plants, taken from his book “Succulentes – Le Design Végétal,” published by Ulmer Editions.
These plants come from the most beautiful botanical collections in France, from the Botanical Garden of the city of Nancy to the Kuentz nurseries, passing through the sumptuous Cactuserais of Creisméas.
True masterpieces of nature, they testify to their ingenuity and biodiversity. Their ability to store water in their fleshy leaves allows them to thrive in arid environments, creating remarkably varied shapes and patterns.
Each species is a work of art in itself, shaped by millions of years of evolution. From the minimalist sculptures of cacti to the geometric patterns of agaves, each succulent tells a unique story of adaptation and functional beauty.
Beyond their remarkable aesthetics, they also remind us of the importance of adaptability in nature. Their ability to thrive in demanding climates invites us to rethink our relationship with the environment. These plants show us that it is possible to coexist harmoniously with our planet.
Thomas Balaÿ was born in France in 1977, and his photographic journey began in the United States, particularly at the Marie Selby Botanical Garden, while he was preparing a traveling exhibition on endangered plants. This photographer, with a degree in tropical agronomy, who has traveled the world, is the author of botanical books published by Ulmer Editions: “Orchidées” and “Succulentes – Le design végétal” in 2015 and 2017. In recent years, his work has been exhibited in several institutions, including the Luxembourg Garden during the European Heritage Days, the Bordeaux Botanical Garden, and more recently at the Art Geneva fair.
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Galerie Follow 14
67 rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, France
October 13, 2023 to November 12, 2023