Cynthia Bandurek, someone who combines art, science and esthetics. Ecologist and field naturalist, Cynthia has since seven years ago devoted herself to capturing nature with a particular sensitivity through her photographs and paintings, thus bringing the public closer to little known and yet astounding aspects. She has obtained more than 4000 images imbued with a remarkable artistic magic, be it in the permanent wealth of colors, shapes and behaviors
The admiration and passion for nature are part of my essence. I grew up in an animal-loving family, so when I was a little girl I developed a special sensibility for animals, plants and interest in natural processes, and at the same time I was worried about the impact have on planet earth.
I remember asking my parents, even in elementary school, to buy me books about ecology. When I finished school, I had no doubts about the path I would choose: I studied Ecology and Environment, and graduated as a Naturalist.
The second carrer managed to me completely involved in environmental issues, and for more than 10 years I have been working in the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences “Bernardino Rivadavia” and participated in several Conservation projects: Designing Environmental Interpretation trails at the Corrientes Biological Station and doing Environmental Education activities with the Local community; Taking data in the Palmar National Park (Entre Ríos) for the study of the population dynamics of the Palm (Butia yatay), evaluating the impact of the european wild boar (exotic species) on the mortality of the renewals of this palm; As well as performing Amphibian Monitoring in two Buenos Aires natural reserves (Otamendi and Ribera Norte), in order to evaluate the variations in its biodiversity and to be able to relate it to different local and global factors.
The visual universe…
At a very early age I showed a certain ease in drawing, drawing on paper the love for all life forms on the planert, a skill inherited by family legacy, since both my paternal grandfather and his brother were great visual artists, who had to seek exile from Poland to South America to scape to World War II. One of their names (Wolf Bandurek) remains, recorded in books marking a before and after in the history of paraguayan art. After several years forming selft – thought in painting, i continue to improve in various art workshops.
“Cynthia Bandurek, someone who combines art, science and esthetics. Needless to say, she possesses a certain vision of things and therefore this enables her to imagine landscapes where she has never been before and as a consequence transfer them to a painting implementing oil and acrylic strokes. In general, they are African landscapes, the Savana, lion families (‘I´d love to visit Africa, just its name makes my imagination run free’). But this young photographer and painter, who is also a dancer and acrobat in her spare time, has her mind set on Argentina” (Nature and Conservation Magazine – Argentine Birds – 2011)
Photography appeared in my life in the course of the career of Naturalist, as a tool to record fauna and flora. But the moment I shot the shutter for the first time, I fell in love with it. Passionate and anxious for knowledge, I prepared myself as a self-taught person. Photography allows me not only to record an instant of reality, it also allows me to be part of the creative process, where I can leave my sensibility for nature captured.
“Ecologist and field naturalist, Cynthia has since seven years ago devoted herself to capturing nature with a particular sensitivity through her photographs and paintings, thus bringing the public closer to little known and yet astounding aspects. She has obtained more than 4000 images imbued with a remarkable artistic magic, be it in the permanent wealth of colors, shapes and behaviors” (Emilio Villarino – Argentime Magazine – 2015)
“Cynthia Bandurek develops his life with passion and immersed in the art, science and aesthetics, with nature as a nexus of union. Through his photographs, Cynthia seeks to enjoy the privilege to closely observe the natural world but also trying to raise consciousness about what is hidden beyond the cement of the cities… “(J. M. Escarabajal – Birding Murcia – 2012)
Within photography I have specialized in macro photography and my favorite characters are arthropods (Insects and Spiders).
Macro photography cought me completely because it allows us to unveil a world of details that our own biology cannot access.
“In his photos as well as in her pictorial works of art, Bandurek stands out for her visual acuity and sensitivity at capturing the natural world. Something striking in her photographic work lies in the sensitivity she possesses to spot beauty in the tiny, along with her ductility with which she captures the photographic instant, the detail. She holds a unique sense which enables her to pay attention to that which not all of us could see, highlighted by the passion she gets from nature”(Natividad Marón – The young voice – 2012)
She recently published her first book of macrophotography The world of small.” An approach to the universe of arthropods from an artistic, visual and evolutionary perspective