“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
Dorothea Lange

My name is Vanda Ralevska and I am a photographer based in London. I am passionate about capturing the world we live in with my camera, always searching for those fleeting moments of magic that transform it into something extraordinary.

I find inspiration in the sea and its infinite power and uncontrollable energy, in quieter scenes and intimate details that abound in nature. In my images I strive to reflect the atmosphere, feeling, and sheer wonderment that our natural world can evoke within us. For me photography is more than just a recording of where I have been. It is about encompassing the whole experience of being in the outdoors, and trying to capture that one special moment that leaves a lasting impression on us.

My images and articles have been published in magazines, exhibited in the UK and abroad and have received awards in international competitions.

I am a member of Arena Photographers  – a collective based in the south of England, World Women Art – an international group of women artists, and Échiquier – an international collective of photographers. I give talks at camera clubs and have lectured abroad.

“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson

For me photography is about the beauty that surrounds us, that we quite often don’t realise is there. The beauty that we can see if we care to look; and sometimes the camera helps us along the way.

Life Behind The Lens

I like those moments in time when everything goes quiet, my heartbeat gets faster, I take a deep breath and the time stops… until the shutter clicks and the moment that took my breath away is preserved… forever…

Photography is my passion, which started many years ago, when I got my first camera from my Dad, a little red Konica. At that time in Czechoslovakia a camera was a very rare present, which made it even more special for me. I started to discover the whole new world around me and see things I walked by before without noticing them. As it turned out, it was a priceless gift. My Dad didn’t just give me a piece of equipment. He gave me love for the world around us, passion for capturing it and ability to enjoy the experience of it.

With the passing years, a move to England and several cameras later my passion grew into an inseparable part of my life, and now my camera goes wherever I go. Over the years I realized that to me photography means much more than just recording where I have been and what I have seen. It is the whole experience of being in a place surrounded by all the beauty, capturing the moment in time, the atmosphere and the impression that the place made on me. It never ceases to amaze me how much beauty there is in the world that we live in. I feel lucky to be able to appreciate those precious moments when I stand on the seashore watching a new day being born, listening to the waves rolling over the shingle on the beach; when the first sun rays stream through winter trees turning the ground below into thousands of sparkling jewels; when the sun breaks through the stormy skies and paints the sky with rainbow colours. I believe that beauty can be found everywhere if we care to look and there is poetry in everything if we care to listen.

That red Konica found its permanent place on my desk and will always remind me of that special moment in my life. Sadly my Dad is no longer around to see how his wonderful present laid the foundations for what has become a life-long passion for me. And as I look down at it now I hope it continues that way.

There is Poetry in Everything

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