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" Forgotten virtues"

I was born in a very big city and use to live in other big cities for a very long time until moving to province since 1994. I did it in order to develop some primary ideas of our mind, some primary patterns of childhood which are very often lost, when we are already adults. What is the difference between a child and an adult except size and lack of innocence? We definitely lost paradise, but what is it really? Some fantasies, some dreams, the hope of eternity? I watched plays of my children when they imitated our behavior and saw how different they are, very simple but seeing deep in nature of things. Very ordinary things become magic, a piece of cloth is a king’s garment and a gesture is enough to express every possible expression. All children on the planet repeat the same pattern which is possible implanted by some lows of evolution. When they say "smile" before taking picture — they are already gone from the primary pattern forever. Archaic smile, nirvana, ecstasy of old art — what is there? Emotions are too obvious and there is no place for dreams. Mass production makes no sense for individuality.

I took my camera first to create new ideas for my figurative paintings but soon realized the possibility of light itself, adding a new dimension with exposure and movement. BW film interpret the world differently from our colour vision and digital technologies bring more possibilities but nobody cancelled simple breathtaking image which is still possible to make with an old mechanical camera and good sense of composition. The only problem is — to touch an image with magic sense of humor and childhood. The other problem is professionalism — all models, all studios, all cameras, all portfolios are basically the same, some kind of fashion even in fine art. I never do that — individuality is more important for me but individuality is not enough — it should touch everyone.

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