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" Forgotten virtues"
I was born in a very big city and used to live in other big
cities for a very long time, until finally moving to the province in
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 become adults. What is the difference between
a child and an adult except its size and a lack of innocence? We
definitely lost paradise, but what is paradise really? Is it fantasies,
dreams, the hope of eternity? I watched the play of my children
when they imitated our behavior and saw how different they
are, very simple but seeing deep into the 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 possibly implanted by some laws of evolution. When
they say "smile" before taking a picture — they
have already taken leave of the primary pattern forever. Archaic
smile, nirvana, ecstasy of old art — what is in there?
Emotions are too obvious and there is no place for dreams.
Mass production makes no sense for individuality.
I took my camera at 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 can still be possible to make
with an old mechanical camera and a good sense of composition.
The only problem is — to touch an image with a magic sense
of humour 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 be able to touch