I am a photographer. My grandfather was a photographer and a very quiet man. I didn’t know about his vocation until I began to express an interest in photography.

When I was 13 years old I inherited an old Kodak instamatic camera from a cousin. For me that very simple camera with its flash cubes was a treasure. I immediately began to take pictures and was amazed with the results. I could not wait to be able to get the best possible equipment.

Four years later when I bought my first professional camera in London, I embarked on an adventure that has been expanding ever since. I took more pictures, I bought more equipment, took several courses and worked very hard to improve my skills and acquire a style.

In silence my grandfather followed my progress; clearly he enjoyed looking at my pictures and offering constructive criticism. One day, out of the blue, he gave me his beloved camera, an old Zeiss-Ikon. This fabulous camera had not seen the light of day in decades and was full of dust and fungi. I kept it as a relic until I found someone who was able to clean it completely and leave it in perfect shape. I began taking pictures with it. It was a very challenging experience since I had to guess the focus and the exposure. One wonders how those famous photographers of the past managed to make great photographs with relatively simple cameras. But, when I saw my results I understood how their perseverance must have turned to pure joy.

Today, taking pictures for me is a way of immortalizing our world, and of documenting our history. I see art in people, animals, places, buildings, nature and architecture. I see the juxtaposition of all of those things and I freeze them in moments of time. Photography for me has been a way of learning to see and to appreciate beauty in many strange and exotic places.

To see my work go to Perla Copernik Photography


  1. I would very much like to talk to you about your photography and your blog. I am a DC metro area naturalist with an interest in tiny things like bugs, hummingbirds, and bats. I curate a very small natue photography show at a local nature center, and I rescue and educate about bats and their plight when I’m not at work. I would like to feature your work at our center if you’re interested. Thank you!


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