My Etsy Shop Is Open Again!

After a few months, I have opened again my Etsy Shop!

It doesn’t just have a new look, but now you will also find original drawings of my series Her Memories were Valuable and a few Riso Prints.

I will be very happy if you go and have a look, and even more if you buy something! If you have seen something on my website that you would like to purchase and don’t know how, please just send me an email at

Go to Etsy Shop.

Isabel Val Etsy Shop

Natural Randomness - Collective Exhibition Opening

Tomorrow Thursday 14th of February, there will be the opening of Natural Randomness, the new collective exhibition of MyMuseum Gallery. Some of my Formas artworks (including very new ones!) will be exhibited together with the works of Marcell Piti and Ákos Rajnai.

The exhibition explores the idea of randomness as a component of the creative process in the digital era. You can read the full description down below.

Hope to see you there!

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By displaying spaces and surfaces which are fictitious as well as organic looking the show draws attention to the role of timeliness and randomness in nature. Seemingly tangible textures and digital compositions intertwine in the artworks on show. All the three artists experiment with the materials of photograhy by redifining analogue techniques and reusing organic materials. Piti and Val combine used negatives with digital methods and Rajnai develops a digitally taken photo in an analogue way onto natural material.

Although the artworks on show display pieces that present abstract, seemingly organic structures, they are all digital. The organic quality might be caused by not only the use of natural substances, but also by the fact that the randomness and the passing of time during the creation process becomes visible in the works. Randomness is a central characterstic used by physics as well when processes taking place in nature are described. For instance the Gauss-curve is used to visualise the random distribution or the Brown-moition is to describe the randomly moving particles. They are the damage caused by passing time on the negatives in Piti's works, the trace of the flow of liquid chemicals on negatives in Val's works and the random arrangement of pixels on Rajnai's canvases that reflect on the randomness and timeliness of the creation process.

It is the visibility of randomness and timeliness in the creation process that converts abstract structures into organic shapes in the eye of the viewer. The exhibited pieces vividly depict the co-existance of artistic intention and randomness, the organic and the digitial, which also evokes questions about the materiality of photography and the description of processes in nature.

"Her Memories were Valuable" Exhibition

Almost a month ago I set my first drawing exhibition in an small café in Budapest, called 3 Pajamas. Personal reasons prevented me to really talk about it and make some promotion, but I would like to do it now because even if it’s a tiny thing, I’m really proud of it.

Her memories were valuable is the first drawing project I have ever shown in public.


Through a simple and common object as it is a coffee mug, I want to explore the idea of the self as a container of emotions and to revise all these toxic messages we all once have heard and have stored in ourselves forever. Every drawing is accompanied with a sentence open enough for personal interpretation inviting the viewers to self reflect on their own experiences.

You still have time until February to pop by and see my little drawings.

If you are not in Budapest, you can see these drawings here.

Soon they will be for sale on my Etsy shop, but you can email me at if you are interested!

The Vinyl Shop Effect Opening

Some of the photos of my series Blue Line will be part of a collective show called “The Vinyl Shop Effect” that will open on Friday at Mymuseum Gallery. Hope to see you there!

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Exhibiting artists:

Tibor NAGY
Isabel VAL


Why do people like old stuff? How old is old enough to have a revival? Why do people feel a connection to objects, why do they collect them and what is nostalgia? These questions are the underlying drivers of the group show entitled The Vinyl Shop Effect which presents the duality within the beauty of deteriorated buildings and retro furniture through artworks by Kristóf Murányi, Tibor Nagy, Péter Trembeczki and Isabel Val. The exhibition aims to raise understanding about the concept of nostalgia and the attraction towards old objects as well as to help experience their benefits.
The Vinyl Shop Effect plays with the jovial vibe of nostalgia and at the same time draws people’s attention to the importance of having a balanced relationship with one’s past. The works on show humorously pinpoint details that build up people’s collective memory, and make it visible that there is a psychological task hidden in the feeling of nostalgia, that is to process the bittersome face of the past. The show provides an opportunity to have the identity forming nature of nostalgia analysed and experienced.

Find me in Airbnb! / ¡Encuéntrame en Airbnb!

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Recently I have joined Airbnb to offer my workshop for travellers to those who are visiting Budapest.

If you feel that your photos always look like somebody else's or just like postcards, this workshop is for definitely for you!

This workshop has been designed for travellers who already know how to use their camera (or phone) but are in need of a creative breakthrough.

For 2 hours, we will approach photography as a game that will awake your senses and your unique style. Through small exercises and a few composition tips, you will learn how to pay attention to details and find beauty in the unexpected.

You can book it here. It is available in English, Spanish and Catalan.

Hope to meet you soon! :)

Me he unido a Airbnb para poder ofrecer mi workshop para viajeros a todos aquellos que visiten Budapest.

Si siempre tienes la sensación de que tus fotos se parecen a las de otra persona o que son como postales, este taller es sin duda para ti. He diseñado este taller para viajeros que saben manejar su cámara (o teléfono) pero necesitan un empujón creativo. Durante 2 horas, utilizaremos la fotografía como un juego a través del cual despertaremos nuestros sentidos y nuestro estilo único como fotógrafos. Mediante pequeños ejercicios y trucos de composición, aprenderemos a prestar atención a los detalles y a encontrar la belleza en lo inesperado.

Puedes hacer tu reserva aquí.

¡Nos vemos pronto! :)

Nuevo Curso en el Instituto Cervantes de Budapest

Por primera vez, voy a dar una versión extendida de mi taller Collecting the City en castellano en el Instituto Cervantes de Budapest.

En este curso utilizaremos el medio fotográfico como una herramienta para reconectar con nuestro entorno y desarrollar un proyecto fotográfico basado en los conceptos de serie y repetición.

Recuerda que todo lo que nos rodea puede explicarnos una historia acerca de la ciudad: los colores, las texturas, los olores... pero también los carteles de las tiendas, los bancos de la calle, ¡incluso los envases de comida!

El curso se divide en tres sesiones de 2 horas y está abierto a todos los niveles, aunque se requiere un conocimiento básico de la cámara.

Las fechas serán el 19, 20 y 26 de octubre.

Si tienes alguna duda, escríbeme a

Inscripciones y más información.

upcoming Workshop in Budapest

On the 26th of September I will be leading my workshop "Collecting the City - Visual Storytelling through Objects" as part of the program of the Bokréta Festival in Budapest.

In this workshop, we will approach photography as a way to reconnect with the city and we will develop a body of work based on the concepts of series and repetition. We will explore our surroundings, paying special attention to all these ordinary objects we can find in the public space and the story we can tell through them. Our main topic will be the relation between past and present in Bokréta utca.


MiraDoor, the organizers of this festival are on a mission to bring an intelcultural community together trough all kind of cultural and artistic initiatives. The whole programme of the festival is quite cool, so I really recommend you to have a look!

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More about Bokréta Festival

If you are interested in this workshop but you cannot attend, check other possibilities or write to me at

Neon Budapest Book

The Neon Budapest Book + Poster is one of the coolest projects I have ever collaborated together with Luca Patkós and Iván Kozák. We were very happy when the Budapest's public library Szabó Ervin purchased two copies. 


A few days ago, I went to a trip to the library with my friend Attila and... there it was!

Learn more about this project here and order one of the very last copies at

Another neon sign is gone

A few days ago , another neon sign was removed in Budapest. I was sorry for it, as it was one of the first I took photos of when I started Lights of Budapest back in 2015. Forgotten on the top of a big building during decades, I found it funny that its message was kind of revolutionary again: DO NOT LITTER!


You can read an article about it and check the photos of the dismantling here

And if you will also miss this neon sign, you can get a limited copy in Mymuseum