Red Konica

Life Behind The Lens

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“Never lose a sense of Wonder. Find Beauty in simple things. Be True to who You are.”

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…

My name is Vanda Ralevska. 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 and there is poetry in everything.

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.

“Life is a journey and is about growing and changing and coming to terms with who and what you are, and loving who and what you are.”
Kelly McGillis


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