: Welcome to my humble show,
Do you enjoy being here?
: Many thanks for inviting me, dear Ghul. To be honest, I absolutely didn't expect to be invited to your show. But yes, I really do enjoy being here right now, although I am a little nervous about what is going to come
: Well to be honest, it proved to be kinda hard NOT to invite you… Since you keep providing us with great stuff like this on a quite daily basis…
I think they belong just to the finest of all abstracts around here! What do YOU think?
Also, you have been around quite a while on dA… So why on earth does it seem like nobody knows your page at all?
: Really nice to hear this! But what to say... I think many of those who like my kind of photos have already found my page and come back quite regularly, and I am of course grateful for that. But to avoid misunderstanding... I have been a DA member for about six years. However, I became active (posting my photos) this spring. I was just a silent art consumer before. So I think these last six months are not a long time enough to become well known
Moreover, I suppose my photos are not very interesting for an "average deviant". They don’t amaze you with fantastic colours, exotic or highly emotive subjects or pretty models. Most of my photos show just ordinary (and quite often ugly) things, streets of my city, Prague. Further, I don’t photoshop at all, which may scare off some people
: What kind of guy do you actually think the "average deviant" is?
: Eh... now I see I shouldn't have used this term
In fact, it is impossible to portray an "average deviant". But if you browse the most popular photos here, you can get an idea about the average taste. And taste is just subjective (or socially determined). Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as good or bad taste. De gustibus non est disputandum.
: Why should I do such a stupid thing as browsing the most popular photos?
Do you browse them?
Do you sometimes use dA's TITLE PAGE?
: Yes, I browse them from time to time. I am just curious
I don't consider it stupid, sometimes I even find some really interesting piece of art
But it is more of a socio-aesthetic survey... or something like that
: Do you sometimes feel like abstract art should generally get more attention?
: I am not sure. Maybe not more attention... rather more comprehension. Lots of people still don't consider it art at all. That is quite strange, given abstract art has already been here for hundred years. The opinion that abstraction is somehow inferior with mimesis being the main goal of art is still very popular. Laboriousness is still much valued, especially here on deviantART.
But I like both, abstraction or hyperrealism, it doesn't really matter... there is just good art and bad art (or kitsch).
And I don't take only abstract photos. In fact, they are in a minority in my gallery, besides surreal, conceptual and urban ones.
: Why do you think is it people still are so much into that MIMESIS thing?
Also, do you think they might mainly be PHOTOGRAPHERS?
: Not an easy question to answer... maybe because most people just don't want to think about art or to try to really contemplate it. Mimetic art is often "easy-to-consume" art (at least seemingly, in a superficial sense).
And concerning the photographers... I don't think so. The invention of photography was one of the essential preconditions for decline of "realistic" art and emergence of abstraction.
But let's leave these highly theoretical questions now, please
: Well, what kind of questions would you like to be asked, instead?
: Well, I thought you were the one to come up with questions
But what anout something less abstract? I don't feel like being a spokesman of all things art
Maybe something more personal?
: What's your favourite colour?
: Ah, another hard question
It depends... but generally blue, black, maybe dark red... and green of forests and moss, dark blue of evening sky, glittery black of wet asphalt... and of course that soft pale delicate colour of a beautiful girl's skin
: Now, if I look around your gallery… Where the fuck is the GIRL'S SKIN?
: You can find plenty of girls' skin in my favourites folder
As you certainly noticed, I don't take photos of people. But it may change someday... I really can't tell now
: I never look at people's favourite folders, for it would seem quite an invasion of privacy to me.
Anyway, never mind!
For in your gallery, you got THESE instead…
All quite NEW, and all not worse than the ones featured before…
So, how do you manage uploading just THIS MUCH GREAT STUFF?
: Ok, that's nice of you
I'll definitely let you know when I take some girls' nudes
Oh, these... sometimes I think it would be kind of more fun to take photos of pretty girls than those of factories, broken glass, piles of rubble or rusty signs. But I like it too. That's why I do it
And how do I manage to post this much stuff? I don't know, really
I just go for a long walk in the city about once or twice a week, take a few hundreds of photos and then choose usually 10-20 which I upload. That's all I can say... there is no secret trick
: So – except from the obvious fact of course that dead things are QUIETER and MORE OBEDIENT than girls – what drew and draws you to them?
: Obedient... I like obedient girls
But really... it was quite natural for me to focus on inanimate objects. I would say I am a loner... largely introspective person, so photographing dead things suits my character.
I started with photographing mainly historical architecture and then gradually moved to abstraction, surrealism, conceptualism and urban decay.
I am fascinated by the hidden life of the city and I can feel some kind of "magic" when walking through the streets and looking around... maybe I would say I can identify myself with the objects of my interest, in a symbolic way. It makes me forget myself and become one with the Universe
Moreover, most of my favourite Czech photographers didn't photograph people much.
But I would definitely like to try taking some portraits (maybe self-portraits), nudes etc. in the future.
: So just for the czech faction (?), who are these, and what do you actually find inspiring about other photographers?
: My favourite photographers are Miroslav Hák, Emila Medková and Vilém Reichmann. They were all active around the middle of last century, at least for certain period affiliated with surrealism and their primary subject was Prague and its mysteries.
And what do I find inspiring about other photographers? For me it is the same for all great artists - their own original and authentic vision of the world, courage to discover new ways and areas, ability to communicate their emotions and ideas in non-banal ways.
: According to YOU, what's just the difference between being BANAL and being NON-BANAL?
: For me, a non-banal piece of art is not only literal or decorative... it has the ability to provoke us to think about its meaning and form, to awaken our imagination. It rather asks than answers questions and always contains something new and mysterious. It doesn't have just one obvious meaning.
: With that said, which one would actually be your own favourite from your works?
: Another really hard question
I don't think it is a good idea to judge one's own work... but ok, I will try to pick one...
Maybe it could be this one...
The Path... I really like this photo, it has that mysterious "something", but it may be just subjective. One possible (for me the primary) interpretation is existential.
But it is not that attractive, popular photo... with just one favourite
: Do you actually care about FAVOURITES?
: Yes, I do
I consider any form of feedback quite important and of course I am pleased when somebody likes my work.
But it is not the most important factor. When taking pictures I just don't care about their potential popularity. I don't calculate this way. The crucial question is if I like the result. And sometimes I am the only one who does
: Just how do decide when/if you like a result?
: It is pretty simple, I just like the photo or not
When I am not sure, I wait a few days to avoid initial uncriticalness and then decide. Sometimes cropping helps.
: Sounds pretty familiar, actually…
So, what would be your advice to the aspiring artist?
: I am not sure if I am the right person to be asked for advice, as I still consider myself a beginner. But I think one thing is really important: follow your own vision, don't compare yourself with other artists too much, because originality and authenticity are the essence of art. Of course you can't be completely isolated, and inspiration and some knowledge of art history are useful. But don't be scared to make your own way.
: Apart from that, do you have any other last words left for our humble audience?
: Keep your eyes and minds open and believe in yourselves. And once more... thank you for inviting me, dear Ghul!
Thank YOU for coming here,
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