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She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city.

About Me

Nice to Meet You

My name is Vanda. I am a photographer by heart, with love of silence and solitude, poetry, music and walking. I believe every moment is extraordinary when you feel alive.

You can mostly find me wandering along edgelands and in undiscovered places looking for all the beauty waiting to be captured.

I am a photographer based in London, United Kingdom. A member of Arena Photographers, World Women Art and Echiquier groups. I am a Brand Ambassador for KASE Filters UK. Aside from my day job as a software developer and my love for photography, I enjoy giving lectures about my journey as a photographer, and my experiences along the way. I hope to inspire others to find the beauty that exists within everyday scenes, and to look beyond the obvious.

A Little More of Me

I am passionate about capturing the world we live in, always searching for those fleeting moments of magic that transform it into something extraordinary.

Having grown up in an industrial area of former Czechoslovakia, I soon learnt how to appreciate beauty of the natural world. Far away from the noise and hustle and bustle of a big city. I find inspiration in quieter scenes and intimate details, whether it is on the coast, in woodland or in the countryside. In my images I strive to reflect the atmosphere, feeling, and sheer wonderment that our natural world can evoke within us.

Photography for me 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.

Love Life and Live It

Over the years I realised that for me photography is not just about 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. It is about encompassing the experience of being in the outdoors. It is about the joy it brings, and trying to capture that one special moment that leaves a lasting impression on us. 

Photography became about those moments when I don’t want to be anywhere else but where I am. About being present in those moments, and enjoying them for what they are. Ethereal, otherworldly, extraordinary, or simple, ordinary, even mundane. 

In my world, taking photographs is not just about pressing the shutter any more. It is about life itself; about the beauty of it, and how incredibly amazing it is. And how important it is to appreciate every day, no matter how hard it seems to be at times. 

Photography is my love affair with life.

You can find beauty in everything and everywhere, breathtaking views or simple things, in sunshine or rain. Just open your eyes to see.

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.

Never Lose a Sense of Wonder

Photography has been my passion for many years. It started on one special day, when I got my first camera from my Dad. A little red snap happy 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. Now my camera goes wherever I go. It makes me wonder at the wonder of it all.

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. 

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.

It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.

Henri Cartier-Bresson