Artist Statement: LICHEN
Hiking in nature and photography bring Alexia much joy. Photographing lichens makes her feel especially joyful. Once she started noticing lichens, she realized that they are abundant and can be found in the most unlikely places. Alexia is fascinted by the variety of lichens. Once you start observing them, she says, you will see them everywhere.
Lichens are symbiotic communities of vastly different organisms that have evolved intimately together for billions of years. The fungus provides shelter, water and nutrients. The algae provides energy in the form of sugar from photosynthesis. Just recently, scientists discovered that most lichens have a third organism – a yeast – also living in symbiosis. Many of the 20,000 known species of lichen are miniature self-contained ecosystems.
From a photographer’s point of view, Alexia feels that the biology, colours and textures of lichens express the creative beauty of nature, life and love. Lichens cannot exist independently and flourish where the air is clean. At this critical juncture in the survival of the earth and its resources, Alexia believes it is essential to experience and document as much natural beauty as possible.
The photographs witness and celebrate these minute yet immensely significant and symbolic organisms.