During our very exciting showcase of the Terry O’Neill Award finalists here at The Strand Gallery, we want to take the time to really delve into the work of the exhibited photographers to give you wonderful viewers a deeper insight into the people behind the lens. Today we will be looking at the works of Mária Szabová, whose series ‘Here I am’ was shortlisted for the award.
Mária Szabová was born in 1991 in Slovakia. She graduated from Paneuropean University in Slovakia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media Communication. Recently, Szabová has enrolled at Tomas Bata University in the Czech Republic, specialising in Marketing Communication.
Szabová is an amateur photographer. Among all genres of photography, she likes portraiture the most. Her work consists mainly of staged portraits and photo essays. She has been interested in photography since university, and in the summer of 2013 became more and more intrigued by the wonders of analogue photography as well as digital.
This particular project titled ‘Here I Am’ is a photo essay about children whose parents forgot to take care of them. These children are trying to approach their parents through their proffesion. Mothers left their babies alone. Fathers have gone away instead of providing for their own families. Children miss their parents. They miss someone who will love them, take care of them and teach them how to live. That is why they are dressed up like a fisherman, a waitress and an auto-mechanic. Each child represent proffesion of its parent.
All images © Mária Szabová
These images can be seen part of the Terry O’Neill Photography Awards 2013 at The Strand Gallery until 26th January