"A humanist photographer, with travel embedded in her soul, Celine Jentzsch invites you on an artistic journey around the globe.
For more than 20 years, she has explored the world with respect, sensitivity and gratitude.
From distant and mysterious Asia, to enigmatic Africa and throughout Europe, she has sought to capture emotions in the manner of a painter and colourist.
On occasion, she flirts with the abstract, where her talent as a painter enables a delicate approach.
Possessing more than just a sensitive eye, her sense of empathy ensures that each of her encounters with the local population remains a true cultural and artistic exchange."
"COMBINING" the art of travel and travel in the photographic art
Trying to introduce myself in a few lines is a non-photographic "exercise"!
But I will try to take up the challenge. Indeed, like my fellow photographers, it is always difficult to grasp the sinuous and nevertheless intelligible journey that leads to this passion that has been mine for many years now.
I could compare this journey to a kind of puzzle where each piece ends up fitting perfectly together, provided that we pay attention and observe patiently: the first piece, since it takes one, is the painting I practiced as a teenager and offered me a taste for aesthetics, the notion of framing and sensitivity to everything visual; then later my university studies in foreign languages which opened me to other cultures, and finally, my professional career in the aviation sector which gave me a real taste for travel.
In fact, it was quite late, in 2004, that the Travel took a capital letter with the discovery of Malaysia on my own. During this trip I learned the importance of observation in order to let myself be immersed by the various universes and atmospheres I encountered, before "capturing" them and fixing them on film.
Going beyond the Arctic Circle, in Norway, where I went to admire the Northern Lights, I became fascinated by this very special light and bewitched by the purity of the vast snow-covered spaces. After having travelled through about twenty countries, I then started to head in the Far North with two trips to Siberia in winter. Ever since that moment, I have never stoped travelling the world with a camera as my faithful companion, in the hope of capturing certain emotions and immortalizing moments of life.
This lifestyle ends to be a successful one for this traveler-photographer, or photographer-traveler, as these two concepts are so closely linked for Celine Jentzsch. It is in search of images that resemble her, sweet, contemplative and full of sensitivity that she transcribes what she sees into images that are both strong and touching. Her relationship with others, and particularly with the local populations she encounters during her travels, is built around respect for others and empathy, which is why a profoundly humanistic dimension always emanates from her images.
Her work, regularly exhibited, always achieves a deserved success. She received the Polka prize at an exhibition in Strasbourg with a work on lake Baikal and was also asked to be member of a jury for photo competitions organised by the French Federation of Photography. In 2014, Celine joined the photo travel agency Photographes du Monde as a guide-photographer in Mongolia and Siberia. She published in 2015 the book “The secrets of travel photography” ("Les Secrets de la photo de voyage" in French) at Editions Eyrolles. In 2016, she received first prize in the category “Man in Nature” at the Memorial Maria Luisa International Competition (Spain) as well as a gold medal at the Trierenberg Super Circuit Competition (Austria) in the Travel Photo category and a silver medal at the OASIS Competition (Italy) in the People and Populations category.
Represented by the magazine Le Monde la Photo in September 2017 as part of the Zooms photo contest of the Paris Photo Fair, she received the Public Prize, with her series "Beside my reindeers, a winter with the Tsaatans" (“Auprès de mon renne, un hiver chez les Tsaatans”).
One piece after another, one journey after another, encounters, discoveries, so is built this vocation that makes this photographer a "communicator" of messages, who know how to "unite" the soul of the traveler and that of the artist.