Bodhi Shola

Born in 1992, Bodhi grew up in Italy.  After her photography and art studies in Milan she moved to Berlin and London, experimenting on color and shape within the photographic medium. Focusing primarily on female sexuality and awareness, the work challenges perceptions of identity and reality to recreate meaning within contemporary culture, questioning the impact of human action on the relationship between body and nature. Her work includes Vogue Italia, Harpers Bazaar, and CR Fashion Book, as well as brands like Van Cleef and Arpels and Tom Ford.

In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?

Nature, far beyond being simply the green grass and the atmosphere we breath, it is all we come from, we are made of and all we will ever be. Nature to me is the principle behind my work as an artist, inspiration in its infinite forms, from the geometrical textures of the leaves to the complexity of a human being. Initially compelled in following a career in either biology or human psychology, these two domains remain of great relevance in my personal studies, which develop in parallel to my work as a photographer, allowing me ultimately to incorporate my learnings into my experience through creativity.

What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?

I believe that it is fundamental to remember that, despite our beliefs as society, we have never been individual in our being. Each aspect of the world and beyond is part of a network of connections, a thread linking all species and all living beings, which relies on the equilibrium of each component to thrive harmoniously. The moment we shift our actions into the fulfillment of personal needs the balance is broken and creates a hole in the system of living. Each part of the ecosystem provides for a general wellbeing, not in benefit of the single, but for the evolution on a universal scale. In this way each need will be met through the sharing effort of a community in respect for the space it is occupying and the life forms in it. Sustainability to me means focusing on giving instead of taking, recompensated by the richness of the unexpected gift that will come back in the cycle of sharing.

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