Petra Doležalová (*1976)
Petra studied economics in the Czech Republic and Media Relations in California. She combined her interests as photographer and traveler with her job as a publicist. For fifteen years she has been dedicated to production of company magazines and she has been providing Public Relations for Volvo.
Petra presented her first artistic work to the public in multimedia exhibition „Touches of the North“ in Karolinum gallery in Prague. She also published a book of the same name, where she spiced up the imagery with poetry and stories from her travels. Part of her creative work is dedicated to the oldest European nation living beyond the Arctic Circle in the Finmark territory. Petra managed to get an insight into their culture and present their values, developed in extreme solitude, to the audience in exhibitions and her readers. Petra visited the remote areas beyond the Artcic Circle over ten times during four years and with the help of her guide and friends managed to describe the depth and understanding of the hard, but yet somehow romantic life beyond the Arctic Circle.
Petra has enjoyed several succesful exhibitions. Her photographs and stories from various corners of the world were published both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
In her landscape compositions, she seeks the connection to nature and her legacy which provides us strength, healing and peace for our souls.
In 2008, Petra learned how to dive and with Libor Spacek, professional photographer and Scuba instructor, started a long-term project called „Escape to Nature“. In autumn 2009 they finished the first episode „Escape to Mauritius“. The making of this travel documentary was followed through with a large- format photography exhibition.
Their first documentary was a great success. It was awarded as the second best film at the 42nd International Film Festival Tourfilm Karlovy Vary and became the best Czech film in this Festival. This succes was followed by „Oscar“ for a short film Underwater Opera (more details in the section Awards).
In January 2012 they created a poetic documentary for the Giant Mountains National Park Administration called „The Forest and Water“.
In March 2011, Petra and Libor presented next episode of the project called „Escape to Tahiti and Her Islands“. This documentary was awarded many times in various international film festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad.
„Escape to Saint Lucia“ – third episode of the serie – had premiere in January 2013. This documentary filmed in the Caribean also received many awards in various international film festivals.
In March 2014, Libor and Petra finished the forth episode of the serie, called „Escape to Vanuatu“.
The fifth episode, „Escape to Papua New Guinea“, had premiere in February 2015 at NYU in New York City.
The sixth episode called „Escape to Maldives“ is so far the last one from the series of 52 minute documentaries. It was finished in April 2015.
Documentaries from the Escape to Nature Production have received about 60 awards in international film festivals during 6 years. More info in the section Awards.
In the Escape to Nature projects, Petra is dedicated to photography, script, writing of the commentary and production.