Jana Zachariou 2018

JANA ZACHARIOU is a Czech born landscape and nature photographer living on Salt Spring Island in southern British Columbia. Her first real interaction with photography actually started in front of the lens as a fashion model in the mid 80’s. Jana, however, found her true calling on the other side of the lens and her knowledge of photography is entirely self taught. This informal training enabled her to develop a unique style that makes her images very recognisable.

Photography opened a door to an aberrant way of seeing and appreciating the world around her. Jana’s ability to capture inspiring imagery came about, in part, because of the abundance of natural scenery that surrounds her on the West Coast. The visual drama and artistry of her photographs are born of a keen eye for the many moods of the natural world. Her quest to become a better photographer will never cease. She is constantly chasing, with greater passion than ever before, those rare magical moments when the “Perfect Light” embraces nature to its fullness to capture the “Perfect Shot”. When she is asked about her favourite image, Jana’s reply is “I haven’t taken it yet”.

2015 – 2018 Eclectic Visions – Gallery 8 – Salt Spring Island, BC
2016 – 2018 SSI Photography Club Lobby Show – ArtSpring – Salt Spring Island, BC
2016 – Fine Art Show – Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery – Ladysmith, BC
2016 – Fine Art Show – Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery – 3rd Place in the Photo/Digital category
2017 – SSNAP Parallel Art Show – Salt Spring Island, BC
2018 – Fine Art Show – Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery – Best Digital (non-manipulated) photography

As long as I can remember, I have been drawn to the abundance of the natural world. I believe that experiencing the ever-present beauty around us unifies people, both on a personal and global level. For me, photography became the medium to collect experiences and memories. My favourite images include the rich and vibrant colours of dawn and dusk when the natural light is at its best. In most of my landscape photos I use ND filters which enable me to capture the special moments at the picture taking stage, rather than relying on digital enhancements afterwards. My goal as a photographer is to be true to who I am, and my desire is to create photographs that will draw the viewer to the images.

Thank you for taking this journey with me today. Enjoy the view!