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Mysh Lenka - Photos on a journey

Mysh Lenka - Photos on a journey

Mysh Lenka - Photos on a journey

Mysh Lenka - Photos on a journey

"It's always Now." -Eckhart Tolle

With photography we attempt to freeze the slippery moments of now, in order to analyze & and perhaps grasp their truths.

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I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, at the time still Czechoslovakia, and unbeknown to my family that a revolution was just around the corner, my parents risked everything to escape the oppression of communism. Despite having a financially comfortable life, my parents desired the freedom of expression and movement, namely my father - a deposed and blacklisted philosophy professor and writer.

After spending a year in a cramped, dingy motel, aka a Serbian refugee camp (which schemed to profit off keeping a high number of despondents like us), we, after an embarrassing incident involving my desperate mother stealing food from a local supermarket, were finally granted visas to emigrate to Canada – all this fun before age 10.

A few years later my family returned to the newly democratic Czech Republic, but I longed for a life in a place less landlocked and more uncanny; so after exploring nearly the whole of Europe, I made my way to the city which fit that criteria, New York.

My family hoped this love affair would not last, but here I still am for over a decade. I teach English to non-native college students and spend my free time pursuing those things that were taught to me as inextricable from human existence: expression and freedom of movement. Life is too short and the world too great to stay in one place too long, but New York really is the closest I’ve seen to a microcosm of the world.

I strive to travel to new places each year and turn to writing and photography to record these experiences in an attempt to understand them, since they seem impossible to grasp in progress, only in retrospect. Sharing them with others is something new for me. Because as Franz Kafka once said:

"We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes."

While some of my photos were shot with Nikon D90, most are just iPhone photos taken in haste.  I am obsessed with reflections and refractions and thus skewed perception, for our own mind’s eye filters and distorts what we observe. Colossal man-made structures also fascinate me, especially bridges and skyscrapers, which, with their hard and soft lines, seem almost life-like. With people and places, I long to capture the internal, the essential  - that which remains with the eyes closed, that which triggers a feeling, like a deja vu.  I still have a lot to learn about the techniques of photography, but for now I share with you images in which I find spirit and meaning.

See more of Mysh's work, by following her Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/MyshlenkaPhotography 

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