We have first introduced you to a Hungarian artist Sarolta Ban two years ago. Surprisingly, she was then taking her cool photos with a non-professional FinePix S5600 camera and claimed she had learned photo editing by herself. We decided to check with her again and see how her life has changed.

Turns out, with all the photo ideas, jewelry design now comes in second, although Sarolta still enjoys doing it every day. After our publication in 2010, the artist received a lot more international recognition, with her photo manipulations being exhibited in the Netherlands, Ireland, France, Poland, Luxembourg, and Hungary. She has also received Elle Magazine’s Young Artist Talent Award together with the QEP (Qualified European Photographer) award from Federation of European Photographers.

Her future looks bright, too: Sarolta bought a more professional Nikon D3100 and is planning to publish a photo book with her powerful images. She says that her dream is to see her creative ideas exhibited in many different places around the world. At this rate of her progress, it shouldn’t be long before this happens, and in the meanwhile let’s take a look at some of her interesting photos.

Website: saroltaban.com

“I like using ordinary elements and by combining them, I can give them various stories, personalities. (full interview)

“I hope that the meanings of my pictures are never too limited, are open in some way, each viewer can transform them into a personal aspect. So I’m happy if different people find different meanings in my images.” (full interview)

“I usually work on a picture from a few hours to a couple of days long, and many times I use 50-100 different layers [in Photoshop] for one picture.” (full interview)

Photo Manipulations by Sarolta Ban (PART I)