Dreaming of Prague
One day while visiting Prague, I walked up one of the towers on Karlov`s bridge and looked out through a stained glass window. What I saw almost shocked me. It was Prague the way I always imagined. It was painted in saturated colors, full of bright and kinetic energy, old and new at the same time.
So I started taking photographs using a stained glass window as a filter. I raced from one tower to another, all throughout the city.
Later, when I continued to photograph in the streets, I tried to hold on to the essence of this look and feel that I had discovered.
I found alleyways lit with beautiful golden light at sunset. And while having my lens set out of focus, I watched the world around me through the viewfinder. The different contours and textures of the stained glass allowed light and focus to reach my camera in new ways.
What I saw with my eyes matched the feeling in my heart. I saw and felt unified moving energy expressed through light and color.
Nataly Rader is a freelance photographer based in Los Angeles, CA.
She was born and raised in the Soviet Ukraine, where she was classically trained as an opera singer. Upon relocation to NYC, she developed a career as a make up artist in film and television. After the birth of her son, she picked up an interest in photography. This quickly evolved into a passion for telling stories within a single frame of exposure.
Exploring the endless possibilities within the medium, Nataly has been working in a variety of genres and formats. Her images of landscapes, portraits, and street photography have been exhibited in group shows and online
publications throughout the US and Europe.
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