“Photography, to me, is a gift and a privilege offered to us all as a means to capture moments in time forever. When I pick up a camera, a sort of rush comes over me… a NEED to capture something pure, something raw, something beautiful, and to share it with as many people as I can. It is a veritable high to be able to take a photograph and then have that memory become tangible. In a world that has experienced so much hardship, I think we are all seeking for beauty in some way, shape or form. I also think that, overwhelmed by our fast-paced society, we sometimes overlook the simple beauty that is all around us, the beauty that is LIFE. I want my photos to make you feel something real- joy, fear, awe, confusion, serenity, love, anger… and I hope that if you glance through my lens you will discover that beauty really is everywhere if you would only take the time to look and see.”
– Leïla Berney
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Leïla Berney (17)
My name is Leïla Berney, I just recently turned 17 and I’m a Swiss-born Sydney-sider who has lived in Australia for most of my life. I can’t remember the first time I became interested in photography… As a kid, I was always fascinated by nature, animals and the world around me. I remember afternoons sitting on the couch at home, flipping through book after book after book (taken from my parent’s bookshelves), absolutely mesmerized by the places I’d see depicted in the vivid photographs on each page. Those photography books would take me on journeys from the depths of the Red Sea all the way into the heart of southern Sudan, and it was so magical to be able to visit and experience these moments all from our little house at Coogee Beach.
As I grew older, I began slowly taking over my dad as the ‘designated family photographer’. When we would go on trips and dad would take out the camera, I’d ask him if i could ‘have a go’ and then proceed to run rampage, taking snaps of my siblings, bugs, trees, sunsets, funny dogs, beautiful beaches… Anyone and anything that captured my interest. It soon became apparent that this was something I really loved doing and both my parents encouraged me to keep photo-documenting the vacations we’d go on.
These past few years I have found myself gradually falling in love with photography. I saved up for 2 years to buy my first camera, my Canon 400D, and since have been shooting more than ever. My dream is to become a photo-journalist-fashion-photographer, my own ideal ‘hybrid’ career, and I aim to start working at it right now. Until I become a professional, I just want to keep shooting as much as I possibly can. Travel, see the world, have new experiences, grow as a person and live life abundantly… capturing those timeless moments on film as I go.