ABOUT

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“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”  – Ansel Adams

Welcome to my page!

I’m thrilled you’re here and happy to share my journey of visual exploration with you.

My day job involves being an educator, university lecturer, and teacher trainer. I love and enjoy my profession, but since laying hands on my first DSLR, landscape photography has become my real passion.

I deem myself very fortunate to be able to explore some of the most breathtaking destinations in Europe and beyond, from my home of choice, Vienna. Born and raised on the Serbian side of the Hungarian border, I come from a modest background, lived through war and hyperinflation. As a teenager, I worked three jobs to put myself through high-school. At age 21, I left everything behind and moved to Austria without speaking a word of German. Although it seemed a bold decision at the time, it allowed me to graduate from university as the first in my family and discover photography for myself. For this, I’m forever grateful.

Photography has not only become my zeal, it’s the driving force behind my wanderlust and curiosity to explore the world. Thanks to photography, I see things in different light. Figuratively and literally. It has taught me to fully immerse in the moments spent in nature, but I’ve also never looked at the sky the same way since.

To me, making images – using the words of Ansel Adams – is an artistic process, a chain of artistic choices, involving just as much post-processing as planning and in-field work. I strongly believe that editing only enhances a photograph, as failure in the field cannot quite be compensated by retouching.

Photographic art has become my creative outlet, the medium to visualise my experiences, the fifth language in which I can tell my story. It’s these experiences and stories that I wish to share with you.

Photography is a journey. Thank you for coming along on this voyage.

Hajnalka

All photos on this page are subject to copyright © Hajnalka Berényi-Kiss