Stephanie Desvaux, born in Mauritius in 1969, is given her first camera at the age of twelve. Stephanie explains that she has always viewed her practice as a passion, which means experimenting and relying on intuition to dictate her self-taught practice. She photographs mechanically, without giving it much thought. She does not mull over the possibilities of a theme for instance. Her practice is a meditation; intrinsic and organic. But it is also graphic: she sees things the way she sees them; in black and white or in colour. Colour, whether high-keyed and vibrant or soft and subtle, dominates her choice. She is preoccupied with finding a sense of balance and harmony. Stephanie is a purist: When she produces a series with a wide angle, she does not switch lenses halfway through. And when she does, it is to shoot a whole new series. Using logic she creates her own pictorial language, injecting her own sensibility into our perception of the image —thereby imbuing it with pictorial meaning.