Eve Turek Bio and Artist Statement
How many ways are there to give honor, to give thanks, to say I love you? One way, the photographer's way, is to be deliberately, fully present.
Since receiving her first Polaroid Swinger camera more than 50 years ago, to processing black and white film in high school, to working today in the digital darkroom, Eve Turek has loved photographing wildlife and the landscape. What began as an interest and grew to a passionate hobby has become both a livelihood and way of life that keeps her grounded and connected to the natural world.
With a B.S. in Environmental Studies and an M.A. in Environmental Education, Eve combines a naturalist’s understanding with an intuitive sense of synchronicity in creating her wildlife and wild-lands photography. Her intimate portrayals of birds and wildlife reveal her deep connection to all living beings, while her landscapes and seascapes preserve moments of time and honor eons-long processes. Together with her husband Pete, she owns two galleries on the Outer Banks of North Carolina: SeaDragon and Yellowhouse, both in Duck.
While most photographers organize their portfolios around places or subjects, Eve prefers to catalog her work by the emotions each scene or encounter evokes. Serenity, connection, elation--emotions such as these are the foundation of her photographic practice which begins and ends, as does every photographic encounter, with gratitude. That is why Eve habitually asks permission to make an animal or bird's photograph and says thank you after clicking the shutter.
"Photography is a spiritual practice for me. Beneath all the necessary technical considerations involved in making an image, at that image's heart is the feeling of being present to the story offered, whether through weather or light or wildlife or the land itself. I want to be true to the images meant for me, to the stories that are mine to tell. Mindful nature photography implies a passionate receptivity to gifts of Presence that reveal themselves when we notice what we notice, honor what catches our eye and our breath, and seek to distill the movies of our lives into Moments that deserve to be remembered. This moment, this encounter, this light: Now. In our individual ways, we pause. If we are photographers, we adjust a lens, we press a shutter. We say, Yes. This. Now. For my part, I also say, thank You, and thank you."
Awards and Publication
In 2014, Eve's photograph Meditation, of a cypress tree line in fog growing in the waters of Lake Mattamuskeet, was chosen as one of only three photographs to represent the United States in the landscape category of the international World Photographic Cup. Twenty-two nations participated, and a team of 15 international judges awarded Eve's photograph the international Gold Medal.
Eve has published extensively since the early 1980's as both a writer and photographer; a selection of her black and white work is licensed through Bruce Teleky, Inc./American Vision Gallery in New York; color work is represented by Artography Limited. Her landscape and wildlife photographs are in corporate and private collections throughout the United States. She is a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America), CNPA (Carolinas Nature Photographers Association), NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association), and NPS (Nikon Professional Services). Her imagery is available for editorial licensing and fine art purchase. She is available for keynote presentations on photography and creativity, as well as in-field workshops.
Major Photographic Awards
In addition to the Gold Medal in the World Photographic Cup (2014), Eve's work has been recognized with Merit, Bronze Medallion, Excellence (formerly Loan) and Showcase awards in numerous annual PPA competitions. She received a Silver Award in Epson's International Panorama competition (2016) and was a semi-finalist in 2018 in NANPA's annual showcase competition.