"My mission is to create body of work with deeper purpose; philanthropist message, cultural portraits. I believe that drawing attention to subjects that need exposure will inspire people to get engaged and make a difference. My mission is to build bridges between people, cultures and continents..."
I am Blanka, a portrait photographer who likes to thought provoke. Inspire. Dare. I draw inspiration from the numerous and inspired artists, renowned actors, directors, producers and writers I have been privileged to work with.
First, my background. I was born and raised in the Bohemian highlands. My grandfather – an impassioned and respected painter and photographer taught me from an early age the importance of light, capturing moments and stories around me.
The projects undertaken over the past decade which I derive the greatest personal satisfaction from are those which allow me to capture the emotion and character of the moment in the most unusual settings. My work has taken me to the back roads of China and Cuba, where I’ve experienced and captured pictorially the impact of communism on people’s daily lives. I feel a kindred connection in these situations as I too come from a post-Communist country.
One cannot easily delineate my pictorial assignments as personal or professional. Often, my professional work has brought my greatest personal challenges and adventure. I have ascended 5,416m in the Himalayas, trekked 250km on the Anapurna circuit and walked the Inca Trail. I’ve witnessed the mysteries and secrets of the Mayan civilization, strikes in Bolivia and the wonderment of millions of butterflies mating in the mountains of Mexico. I’ve slept rough in the rural mountains of China where Shaolin monks broke wooden sticks over my body to test my mental powers. I have been even bitten by a poisonous spider in Africa.
I am an artist in my own right, but also with lineage. I can work with notable Clients within their guidelines whilst bringing my artistic license to the finished product. In other words I listen to Client's needs, and understand them. I work discreetly where required to do so, comfortable with celebrity clients. I am used to work under pressure and tightly scheduled deadlines.
Charity work is intregrial to my personal and profession ethos and I try where possible to connect my work, calendars and exhibitions to various philanthropist organizations. All for the love of people and photography.
Member of The Royal Photographic Society of United Kingdom and Czech Association of Art Photography
Non-governmental organizations I work with
ORPHANAGE NOVA VES
2009 "Shards" Zdar nad Sazavou, Czech Republic. Solo exhibition
2010 "New York" Gallery Zdar nad Sazavou, Czech Republic. Solo exhibition
2010 "Walls and Interpesonal Relationships" Gallery Pisecka Brana, Prague, Czech Republic. Group exhibition
2010 "Faces of Nepal" Theatre Zdar nad Sazavou, Czech Republic. Solo exhibition
2011 "Street Soul" London Chelsea Gallery, London, United Kingdom. Solo exhibition
2011 "Street Soul" Gallery Snezne, Czech Republic. Solo exhibition
2012 "Blanka's Wall" Private exhibition of my portraits and paintings in Belfast, Ireland
2013 "EDEN" Educational Centre in Mozambique, Africa. Solo exhibition
2013 "EDEN" Eden Mozambique center in Five, Scotland. Solo exhibition
2014 International Photography Festival, London, England. Group exhibition
2006-2011 STREET SOUL
2008- present WARRIORS
2009-2010 NEW YORK!
2009 FACES OF NEPAL
2011 LOST MAYAN CIVILISATION
2012 PERU, BOLIVIA AND CHILE
2013-2014 HOLLYWOOD DREAMING
2014 STRONG MIND
2014 STRONG MIND
2009 "Faces of Nepal" and "On the Way", commissioned by FEB charted accountants
2009 "On The Way" commissioned by FEB charted accountants
2011 "New York" commissioned by FEB charted accountants
2011 "Jean Millar" life style and fashion shoot- collection of Ellis, Spanish wedding dresses designer. Shot in London, commissioned by Jean Millar
2012 "Mexico, Mayan Calendar" commissioned by FEB charted accountants
2012 "Jean Millar" life style and fashion shoot- collection of Ellis, Spanish wedding dresses designer. Shot in Prague, commissioned by Jean Millar
2013 "Peru" commissioned by FEB charted accountants
2014 "EDEN" commissioned by FEB charted accountants
2011 Czech Radio Region: talk about my travels
2012 Czech Radio Region: talk about my travels
2005 Predej to dal... reportage, Czech TV Satt
2006 Predej to dal... reportage, Czech TV Satt
2010 Interview "Medailon", Czech TV Satt
2010 "New York" exhibition interview, Czech TV Satt
2011 Interview and behind the scenes at Infinity Images studio, Czech TV Satt
2013 Interview, Pepperdine University TV
Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, Belane Magazine,
CFFU Journal, London BABY Magazine, London Belgravia Magazine