Grace (in Japanese - yuubi 優美 )

PhotographerVenelina Tzontcheva-Preininger
PrizeHonorable Mention

Grace (in Japanese - yuubi 優美 ) Women in economically developed societies often feel challenged in fulfilling their traditional and newly embraced roles – being successful career women, loving mothers, passionate lovers, caring wives, muses of their men... Often excelling in one of those roles comes at the expense of something else. Arriving in Japan, I was impressed with the ability of Japanese women to remain connected to their intrinsic femininity, gracefulness in keeping their ethereal, mysterious and somewhat dreamy allure. The series 'Grace' is a visual essay about Japanese grace and femininity.

About Photographer

Venelina worked in finance for over 10 years and at certain point she felt the need to get out of the box and pursue her creative instincts. Today, the camera is her black box that enables her to live 'life outside the box' and create visual stories and conceptual series. In her photographs, she often reduces the world to black, white and all their shades of grey aiming to articulate and convey concise visual messages about the emotional essence of places, moments or people. When colour adds to the visual story, she embraces the colour pallet to reinforce the narrative.