Tereza Cervenova is one of our favourite portrait photographers, and a huge young talent. Her work has a gentle subtlety beyond her years – both calming and questioning – and has already been recognised with prestigious prizes such as The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and the D&AD New Blood Awards.
Here Tereza reflects on her practice – what inspires her, and what leads her on her journey of inquisition.
My work features predominantly people and their close environment and it is strongly connected to the human experience. Experience both spiritual, as well as physical. The human body and our feelings and emotions are the core elements of my photography and the way I use images for storytelling.
For me photographing people is the most natural thing. What I care about most in my practise is to be able to capture the closeness and intimacy people can have between each other. To be able to get under the skin of the viewers and let the image speak for itself in their own language.
I often find metaphors and echoes between people, places, and objects. People create environments and thus their personas are reflected in their space. These echoes and links between people and the world around them fascinate me and I am actively looking for these connections. I tend to look for the human element in objects, in plants, in architecture and vice versa. I believe that everything is interconnected in one way or another and in the urban environment it gets an even more interesting dimension – the way man influences, builds and changes the world around him becomes a direct evidence of his existence and I am interested in this tactility of growth and development.