Lost Valentine is a visual essay about the fundamental human desire for love and the dream to meet the contemporary version of the knight on a white horse. Fairy tale expectations for romantic love are fuelled and inflated today by social media and marketing to previously unknown heights. They create a fragile world of reverie that makes falling in love even more elusive. Longing for love is often a dream yet an escape from the paradoxes of life in fast paced megalopolises around the world.
Musing and looking for Valentine offers sweetness, hope, an escape and a so much needed dose of magic to the disillusioned stress abundant reality. Walking in the nights in Tokyo I was attempting to grasp whether all those wonderfully beautiful young women dream about their Valentine or were they already in love with the dream of him.
As an individual I am drawn to the invisible substances of life. Photography is to me an artistic medium that allows me to reveal, explore and create stories about the intangible dimensions of people, places, emotions and states.
Venelina Preininger uses photography as a creative tool to articulate and convey concise visual messages about the emotional essence of people, relationships, moments or places. She is drawn to the immaterial dimensions of life and through her work she attempts to render them perceptible.
Venelina’s project ‘Grace’ was awarded with Silver Prize by Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA) 2015. She got several Honorable mentions by International Photography Awards (IPA) 2015 and FAPA 2015 for her work.
all images and text © Venelina Preininger