My everyday work is public relations and photojournalism. I received a BA degree in English philology, but also took some classes at an art school, and took part in several young painters’ competitions. I started photography more seriously a few years ago when my husband and I bought our first digital SLR. Since then I have won prizes in several local and international photography contests.
I mostly explore several areas of photographing people: portraits, portraits in nature, and my favourite, children. I do photo manipulation as well as natural photos. I have never focused on, for instance, birds, landscapes, or animals because I prefer exploring human emotions. My heroes are the people around me. I often photograph my two children, and draw inspiration from the events and human relations around me every day, as well as from music, from how I or how other people around me feel. That’s why some of my photos may look depressive or black, because I try to show the saddest side of our lives: there are so many unhappy people around us nowadays—many poor and homeless, for example.
I am very much inspired by Czeck photographer Jan Saudek. Perhaps that’s why some of my portraits seem weird to people—I very rarely make “classically beautiful” portraits. I like to observe more deeply: the portrait is not only the eyes, the lips, the expression; it is trying to look into the soul. To take portraits, I need time, the model and the idea, although sometimes ideas arise when I started post-processing of a photograph in my computer.