Serena Dzenis is a Fine Art Photographer Based in Iceland
Born in 1984 and hailing from Australia, this freelance photographer, author, educator and speaker is on a quest to promote conversation about nature conservation.
Serena’s work places a strong emphasis on storytelling within the landscape – connecting with the land and immersing oneself in the rhythms and dangers associated with the living presence of this world. Her hope is to deliver the voice of nature through visual storytelling to a much broader audience in collaboration with researchers, scientists and media outlets.
Having originally made her name in the world of music photography, Serena’s work has continually evolved over time to include documentary, landscape and nature photography, as well as journalism and public speaking. A well-timed appointment as Editor in Chief for an Icelandic travel and landscape photography publication brought her to Iceland, where she has since worked as a photography educator and private guide.
Previously, Serena was the Senior Vice President for the Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) in Australia, where she used her organisational abilities to motivate change. She also has over a decade of experience as a Mental Health clinician in youth early psychosis crisis assessment and treatment, as well as adult forensic psychiatry. Whilst maintaining a career in the health sector, she continued to work as a freelance photojournalist for Australian magazine, The AU Review. Serena’s wealth of experience in a wide range of settings have contributed significantly to her empathy and drive to make connections with others, encouraging all those she meets to make small steps towards a greater cause.
Given her unique background, Serena’s photographs depart from the traditional, with a focus on capturing the raw energy of human emotions as well as the otherworldliness that is sometimes associated with nature on our own planet. Serena transforms each scene with a subtle narrative that highlights her penchant for advocacy and making the most of what this world has to offer. Through her work, she has embraced the challenge to inspire others to protect the complexity of nature, one image at a time.