Azul Pinoba (Azul Pinochet Barros) is a Spanish scientist and photographer currently based in Ithaca, N.Y. (U.S.A.). From a very early age, Pinoba’s fascination with nature led her to develop a deep curiosity for the inner workings of the world. Now earning her Ph.D. in Microbiology at Cornell University, her interests and pursuits towards a better understanding of nature have become a part of her daily life.
As an extrapolation of her scientific mindset, Pinoba attempts to show a deeper side of our visual reality through her photography. By creating a visual mélange of the physical and natural with contrasts and the dream-like, she tries to provide a more insightful view of the world around us. In most of her work, she tries to highlight the surreal that is ingrained in our reality, ebbing one to not take what we see for granted, to be inquisitive and to look closer. Her photographic subjects vary from a wide array of materials, to wildlife, and architecture.