Amy Kanka Valadarsky
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.
Make sure to check out her exhibits at the following locations:
Xposed: A Photography Group Show at the Los Angeles Center of Photography
Show Opening: Friday, September 16, 7-10 pm, 2016
Show Dates: September 16 – October 21, 2016
Where: Los Angeles Center of Photography, 1515 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Groundwork Coffee Co
2908 Main St., Santa Monica, CA
Now – December 12th
Outside L.A. Exhibits
12 Main St., Essex Jct., VT
"Haunted" group exhibition
October 13th – November 3rd
413 West 50th St., New York, NY
"Geometry and Trees, International Fine Art Photography exhibition"
October 4th – October 15th
Barbara Doux Photography
Barbara is an award winning photographer and art director. After more than a decade working in London as an art director and photographer specializing in the charity sector, she dropped everything to travel the world.
Taking pictures of strangers is at the core of her mission : she sees in the eyes of her subjects an openness to the connection being made, a familial bond that is stronger than difference or division. “We are all a human family”. She often looks at people from whom society turns away – the ‘other’ people. The damaged, the marginalized, and the strange. In turn she brings her own story, strength and vulnerability to her work.
Back in Europe Barbara bought a customized van to hit the road seeking out people and places with stories to tell. Then, she decided to draw a geographic heart on her native land to make ‘‘The Heart of France in 80 days’’, a documentary film currently in post-production. She lets life surprise her, daring to love as a child, those she crosses path with. The happy winner of the green card lottery, Barbara moved to Los Angeles in March 2016, letting the sun and her dreams to be her guides.
Invitation to India & Africa - Stories from the road, told from the heart
Lucas Salon 1541 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles.
Display until end of December 2016 - Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm
More info: 323 304 2248 - -