My name is Elizaveta Kovalëva, I was born in Moscow, but now I live with my husband in Dresden, Germany. Moving to Europe gave me more time for my greatest love – photography. Which does mean a lot to me. I can spend hours and hours taking pictures and never feel tired of it, though my travel companions, if they are not as crazy about photography as I am, do get tired of having me +1 (which is my camera) on most of the occasions. So if you don’t want to find yourself on a photo, you better not be friends with me, as it might end dramatically with you having a lot of portraits of yourself.
My passion for photography is a part of the excitement and fascination I have with nature, cities and people I meet on my way. And I do get excited easily, you know. I am always up for new challenges and opportunities. Therefor I have done some amazing things in this life. I visited thirty two countries and met many extraordinary people, I sailed in Croatia, France and Greece, skydived two times and tried piloting a plane and a glider. I took some photographs flying on a paraglider on sunset. I snowboarded from Volcano on Kamchatka and climbed some high mountains in Slovakia. Sometimes I walked without a map somewhere for many kilometers and got home safe hitchhiking with some nice people. Also I stayed in a tent camp beyond the permafrost line for 2 weeks in Kola peninsula with nearest town about 140 km away and loved the ancient feel that nature has there. I flew to India to go through Vipassana practice, which involved being silent for ten days. I love adventures and I admire Life!
Ok, now a few lines about how I came to be photographer. My art career began, probably, when at the age of two I learnt how to hold a pencil in my hand. As a child I spent most of the time drawing, painting and taking pictures and decided to make my living as artist and designer. In the age of 23 I graduated from Moscow State University of Industrial and Applied Arts. Unfortunately for my design career, it was also about time, that I fell in love with travelling and developed even greater love for photography, which made me spend almost every day either taking pictures, or editing them, or learning and reading about photography.
By the age of 27, having travelled a lot, taking photos of people, landscapes, weddings and whatever else I fell in love with, I still find myself learning something new every day and admiring people, their different ways in life and the beauty that surrounds us everywhere.
Surfing, Painting, Reading, Traveling, Writing, Photography, Dansing, Snowboading, ELVIS PRESLEY, Blackmore's Night, Elvis Perkins, John Lennon ( the beatles ), Katie Melua, Shelby Lynne, Siddhartha, Labyrinth of Reflections, Hermann Hesse, Lukjanenko, Carlos Castaneda, Kipling rudyard, Mikhail Bulgakov, Lewis Carroll, Richard Bach, Carl Jung, Bernard Werber, My Name Is Khan, The Kids Are Alright, Seven Years in Tibet, Blow, All the Invisible Children, Rain Man, Peaceful Warrior, Serendipity, What Dreams May Come, City of Angels, Kundun, Japanese Story, Patch Adams, 22 Ways 2 Love You, Ejik v tumane (hedgehog in the fog), k-pax, The Fountain, The Big Bang Theory, Dr. House, How I Met Your Mother, Moscow, Russia, The Cheaper Show, Flynnsphotography, I know this great little place in Toronto..., Paul Johnson Photography, Khodorkovsky & Lebedev Communications Center, Alipix | Photographer, Jerry N. Uelsmann, AnOther, Manfred Segerer, Photograhper, Fortune Cookies !, Michel Kirch, Grant Collier Photography, Roberta Serenari, Oleg Korolev, Dazed and Confused Magazine, SFERA Movement, Dalai Lama, Peace and Love, Suunto Russia, (website hidden), Katerina Marianou Photographer, Chris McLennan Photography, Greenpeace Russia/ Гринпис России, Stewart Cohen Pictures, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Hayata Anlam Veremeyenler, Andrew Wyeth, Deutsche Welle - (website hidden), Carl Jung