Valentina Schulte travels with a camera in hand and has a discerning eye for the splendour of the world around her. As a self confessed documentary watcher, she loves to research and immerse herself in the history and elements of the places she captures in her photographs.
Valentina has studied many forms of art making through tertiary studies and became most drawn to the medium of photography whilst studying at the College of Fine Arts in Paddington where she in-turn majored in Photography. "My curiosity about the world really lends itself to the photographic image and I like to use the camera to reinterpret it".
With a camera at hand, her trigger happy vocation has lead her to explore different landscapes and discover new ways of seeing through a lens. Her art making process can be seen to work in a reverse fashion as she usually begins by taking many photographs, then upon review of the whole set, finds emerging patterns and concepts. At this point, she starts to research and build a deeper understanding of what she wants to portray within her works.
Her photographs highlight quirky and mystical elements of nature. Her series 'Travel Distortions - Fog' highlights the aesthetic qualities of fog in a photograph. She describes fog as 'a subtle veil, not woolly like a cloud; it puts the smaller details into perspective and blankets the landscape in a glowing perfect unbiased light'. This poetic way of understanding and seeing fog, translates in her photography; creating wistful, light and graceful photographs.
Valentina also carefully curates some of her works; as apparent in her current series 'Phantom Detection'. Inspired by the idea of the Japanese belief in the 'kami' or 'spirit', she creates uncanny scenes, bringing to life this mystical creature in a woodland environment. Her photographs present beautiful, dramatic landscapes with an added twist of intrigue and suspense.
Valentina Schulte is a Sydney based, freelance photographer. She has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts (Photography major) with Honours from UNSW College of Fine Arts and has exhibited in a range of galleries and artist run spaces throughout Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.