I grew up in the Czech Republic, in Litoměřice, a small town near Prague. From early childhood I was strongly encouraged to study languages; the need to communicate with neighbors was essential for the youngest generations of a newly democratic country. I spent many hours learning Latin, English and Spanish and later obtained a Master's degree in English language and literature.
In 2005 I moved to Maine and several years later developed an interest in photography. Living near the ocean for the first time and experiencing the unspoiled solitude of Northern Maine woods, I spent more time than before enjoying and exploring the outdoors. Photography became a means of capturing and conveying the beauty of the landscape around me and the fleeting moments of light, a new language, perhaps the most personal and intimate yet. Like composing sentences, I would choose the elements in a photograph, the setting, the subject, how they relate to each other, what to include or what is best left out.
Initially experimenting with color as well as monochrome, I soon became drawn to black and white images and traditional silver gelatine prints. The contemplative process in the darkroom and the intimate connection with the final print corresponds to my need for awareness and stillness while I explore the beauty and serenity of landscape.
I have taken classes at Maine Media Workshops and Maine College of Art. Since spring 2013 I have studied silver gelatin printing technique with Paul Caponigro.
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