Originally based out of South Korea, Pionara wasn't always a photographer. Her history as a visual artist in graphics, craft and paintings has greatly informed how she crafts colourful and inventive images in the photographic form. “Visual newness” is a priority, she tells It's Nice That. Taking this hunger for the ‘new’ to her year spent across Thailand and Indonesia, Pionara produced her first published book of photography – How to store your stuff in nature – to stunning results. Part-organisational guide and part-travel document, Pionara combines her knack for the fun and quirky in all her images.
For example, have you ever wondered how to use a banana tree to store your wine glasses? Pionara might have some answers. “In the scenes where objects and plants imitate each other's shape, and by granting new roles to store things to plants, unfamiliar plants become familiar and familiar objects become unfamiliar,” she says. “Through this process, we recognise that nature and man-made, the resemblance of completely opposite things, and the interaction between them.” Taken across 2018 and 2019 and published in 2021, Pionara's photographic adventures are only just beginning.
Pionara: Banana and wine glass from How to store your stuff in nature (Copyright © Pionara, 2021)
About the Author
Joey is a freelance design, arts and culture writer based in London. They were part of the It’s Nice That team as editorial assistant in 2021, after graduating from King’s College, London. Previously, Joey worked as a writer for numerous fashion and art publications, such as HERO Magazine, Dazed, and Candy Transversal.