Amy Kanka Valadarsky was born in Communist Romania and raised in Israel. After graduating as a software engineer, she worked in the Telecommunicationindustry and spent the next 25+ years traveling aroundthe globe designing software solutions. In 2014, after leaving the hi-tech world, Amy returned to her creative roots and began a career as a fine art photographer.
Amy’s work has been featured in SHOTS, Adore Noir, Black &White Magazine, Lenscratchand exhibited in a variety of galleries and photo festivals such as PhotoLa 2016, Los Angeles Center for Photography, dnj and bGgalleries in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica.
“For me, photography is an internal journey. As an artist, I am drawn to the boundaries between the real and the imagined. Since childhood, I always found comfort in books that allowed me to experience different worlds, transcend time, place and physical reality. Much later, I discovered that being in nature results in the same sense of freedom, wonder and joy. It is this sense wonder that I try to capture in my images.
Like dreams, photography has a way of making thoughts and feelings surface, giving them visual shape. I am still amazed how the eye understands before the mind does - still surprised to see new facets of me in the images I create. “
She lives with her husband and two cats in Santa Monica, California, while the rest of her family (including the dog) wait patiently for her to return to Israel.