Birthe Piontek's images enchant me. I love the intersections of humanity and nature, which often meld and clash in unexpected ways. Whether it's a car parked in a grove of trees or a decrepit house falling into disrepair in a forest, there is something both comforting and fantastical about her photographs.
Born and raised in Germany, Birthe studied communication design and photography at the University of Essen where she received an MA in 2004. During her time at University, she started working as a freelance photographer for various clients and magazines. To get the experience of living and working in another country she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2005. Since then her work has been exhibited internationally, and featured in publications and magazines including the New York Times Magazine and the Globe and Mail, among others. Her work has been recognized a number of times, and most recently was honored with the Santa Fe Juror's Choice Award in 2007. One of her pieces from the "Sub Rosa" series is currently for sale at 20x200, which you can purchase here. Take a look at the gallery to see some of her lovely photographs.