“‘Lost Valentine’ is a visual essay about the fundamental human desire for love and the dream to meet the contemporary version of the knight on a white horse.
Fairytale expectations for romantic love are fuelled and inflated today by social media and marketing to previously unknown heights. They create a fragile world of reverie that makes falling in love even more elusive. Longing for love is often a dream yet an escape from the paradoxes of life in fast-paced megalopolises around the world. Musing and looking for Valentine offers sweetness, hope, an escape and a so much needed dose of magic to the disillusioned stress abundant reality.
Walking in the nights in Tokyo I was attempting to grasp whether all those wonderfully beautiful young women dream about their Valentine or were they already in love with the dream of him.” – Venelina Preininger
My lost Valentine 💝…I was waiting for you… I was looking for you…
I am dressing up tonight – I am putting on a dress 👗, a beautiful one! Probably a hat too 👒.. actually not sure yet.🌂👛 But I will wear a lipstick💄, for sure – a red one. You love red, right?! Or may be pink?! 👄
Are you going to meet me? … Today, tonight, tomorrow? Or may be yesterday?
I am looking for you in the crowd. I see you when I sleep, but I can’t when I am awake…I lose you.
I am alone, the city is so big, so many people and dazzling lights, I can’t see you.
Do you see me? Are you coming? Are we going to meet?
Please wait for me, look for me! I want us to meet…🎈
My lost Valentine 💝, I tried to love you, but you didn’t try.💘
My lost Valentine 💝, we didn’t meet yet, right?! ❤️💗💖
I will be out tonight, I will be beautiful for you…
My lost Valentine.
Venelina Preininger uses photography as a creative tool to articulate and convey concise visual messages about the emotional essence of people, relationships, moments or places. She is drawn to the immaterial dimensions of life and through her work, she attempts to render them perceptible. Venelina’s project ‘Grace’ was awarded the ‘Silver Prize by Fine Art Photography’ (FAPA) 2015. She got several Honorable mentions by ‘International Photography Awards’ (IPA) 2015 and ‘FAPA’ 2015 for her work. You can find out more about her work here.
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