Diana Čermáková: Compatriots
As far as I can remember, I guess I have always been taking pictures. My brother put his camera into my hands at his wedding and told me to take some pictures. They knew I enjoyed that. I was 12 then. And I felt important. At the secondary grammar school I got inspired by my Arts and Culture teacher. When we needed yearbook pictures in the final year I took mine on my own. Then I photographed my classmates, then a few people from other classes. One year later I was taking portraits for whole classes. People were happy. I was even happier. On top of that, I have never felt really comfortable in the company of more people. Now I can always hide behind my camera. I do not have to think about what to do with my hands, I become a quiet observer who suddenly keeps a firm grip of the situation. I learned more about photography at University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius.
ČERMÁKOVÁ, D.: Compatriots. In European Journal of Media, Art and Photography, 2016, Vol. 4, No. 2, p. 102-128, ISSN 1339-4940.