At the beginning was a movement, a gesture, a sweeping motion – of my four-year old body to morph myself into the ballet slippers and into the world of dance. Later studying ballet at the National Theatre in Prague my path in life was set – so, I thought. After a knee injury and a subsequent slow acceptation that no operation will perform miracles to bring me back to dance, I was forced to find a new direction and purpose.

Always encouraged by my family to appreciate art in many forms and surrounded by the architectural beauty of old Prague, I was enchanted with art history tangible results of the movement depicted in brush strokes or delicate lines of a pencil.

Leaving Prague in former Czechoslovakia behind and confronted with different cities, countries, and continents I knew the movement still lived in me and there was the ever present need to express it. Subconsciously, I picked up the magic black box to catch the fleetingness of that movement inside and around me. That’s how I became photographer.

Diploma in Professional Photography, Langara College, graduated 1995
Bachelor Degree (Major Photography), Emily Carr University, graduated 2006
Master Degree on scholarship, Contemporary Fine Arts Academy, Milan, Italy graduated 2008
Internship at Magnum Photos Agency in Paris, France – cooperation with Josef Koudelka on his catalogue raisonné

Teaching at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby since 2009
Teaching at Focal Point since 2009 until 2012
Teaching at Emily Carr University continuing studies since 2011
Teaching at Simon Fraser University continuing studies since 2012

And I realized that no degree and no diploma would make you a photographer.
I am a street photographer who is chasing the dance of life on the streets. I am preserving forever the steps, the gestures, the gazes of the passer-bys enveloped in light with humble recognition that life is a constant flow – a movement in light.