There are only five photographs in this exhibit, but that’s enough to see there’s clearly talent in the making in young photographer Cecilia Wachter. The five photographs, featuring snapshots from Prague, Morocco and Serbia, were taken during Wachter’s one year break from school.
“I took a year off to travel and though it sounds cliché, it really changed me,” Wachter explained at the opening of “A Quiet Persistance” at the Swedish Church in New York City, an exhibition that runs until May 5.
Wachter was born and raised in New York, the daughter of a Swedish mother and an American father, and she speaks Swedish with a Värmland lilt.

“It’s wonderful to have my exhibition here at the church! My mother used to take me and my brother here once a week when we were kids, and we would come here for Christmas to watch ‘Kalle Anka.’ It feels right to come back here.”
Wachter started taking photos for fun as a 12-year-old and it turned into a serious passion only a few years later.
“People are what fascinate me,” she said. “And I do a lot of portraits.”
However, the photos in this exhibition—which are for sale at a very decent price—are not portraits.
“I know. When I saw these photos, I thought they were different. Different from my usual stuff and significant. I liked them a lot and thought they deserved to be seen.”
The photographs, as the title of the exhibit hints, have a subtle quietness about them—not perhaps something you’d expect from a photographer just starting out. Wachter, who is in her first year studying photography at Parsons, the New School for Design, has four more years of schooling.
“Traveling and taking photographs while traveling is definitely something I want to do,” she concluded. “As a matter of fact, I’m planning to return to Eastern Europe very soon. This time I’d like to include Krakow, in Poland, among the places I visit and photograph.”
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