Iveta Vaivode

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VIDEO: Iveta Vaivode talks about finding beauty in the hinterlands of her home city Riga.

VIDEO: Iveta Vaivode talks about finding beauty in the hinterlands of her home city Riga.

VIDEO: Iveta Vaivode talks about finding beauty in the hinterlands of her home city Riga.

"Photography is my means of finding happiness" Iveta Vaivode declares. She began her career in photography as a fashion photographer, but following her studies at the Arts Institute in Bournemouth in the UK, has increasingly turned towards a more personal, landscape-based, approach to her work.

In "Terminus Riga", she investigates the city's edges as indicated by the termini of the public tram lines. Working with these unpromising landscapes and interiors that mark the city's boundaries Iveta has produced a series of images that are a very personal and intimate view of Riga.

"In Terminus the magic emerges, whether in the night glow of a Russian banya, or the interlocking arms of girlhood friends..." wrote Diane Smyth recently in the new look British Journal of Photography (BJP) for which she interviewed Iveta about "Terminus Riga". This series is has also attracted the attention of Foto Kvartals in Riga, who have invited Iveta to show this work alongside that of Alexander Gronsky and his award winning Pastoral series in May 2010.

In 2008 Iveta was selected by the Photographer's Gallery to take part in "Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed". Winner of the 2008 Nikon Discovery Award, she was also included in the PDN Photography Annual in New York. In 2007 she was nominated for the Latvia Photography Award of the Year. Iveta has exhibited widely in Latvia and Lithuania. In 2005 she was invited to join Young Photographers United (YPU) in Belgium, which selects talented photographers from around the world. In the same year she had her work shown in the "Women in Perspective" exhibition in Antwerp and in the group show "Niveart" at the Galerie Ravenstein, Brussels.

Iveta currently lectures at the Photography School in Riga, Latvia.