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I Found The Silence, by Martin Stranka. From Czech Republic

I Found The Silence

Artist Statement

Unlike many compositing artists, Stranka shoots all ofthe photos he uses.

“My photography is my own creation,” he says. “People often ask me if the animals in my animal series are real animals, and all of them are. When I created the components of Until You Wake Up, I went to a nearby animal refuge and took photos of white deer with my 70–200 mm lens.”

So wherever he goes, he collects images of grass, forest, clouds, sky, and sun from nature, knowing he’ll eventually find a use for the right one. “Some people collect stamps,” he says. “I collect trees and fields.”

When he sits down at the computer and opens Photoshop, Stranka approaches each image as if he’s sitting before an actual canvas—although he insists he can’t draw or paint to save his life.

He generally spends up to 100 hours on a single image, working on it for up to a week, before putting it away and returning to it after a few days with a fresh eye.

Project Description

My photography project called “I Found The Silence” is like a diary during my last 8 years. When I am alone I may fear that I will somehow live a life of loneliness or I may discover some truths about myself that can be scary or hurtful.

Being alone is not bad. In fact, it is a time to meditate, discover yourself. It is time for inner peace.

In this world of chaos and distractions, we have gotten into a habit of not stopping, being busy and surrounding ourselves with things that are loud, disturbing and continuous.

Being alone in the silence is actually one of the healthiest moments you can have with yourself. The series “I Found The Silence” shows us in different moments of our inner peace and discovering yourself.

Bio

“Martin Stranka, a native of the Czech Republic who lives in Prague, is a self-taught professional photographer, born on April 13 1984.

Martin was a bored student plodding through courses in business school when the unexpected death of a close friend led him to pursue photography as a form of therapy.

That hobby turned into a passion and, eventually, a profession.

His distinctive vision of photography is etched as a unique space located in a balance and serenity, while his sophisticated and rewarding images exist in that narrow window of a few seconds between dreaming and awakening.

Martin creates images that appear to be stills from a film — one that walks the line between fantasy and reality.

During the last years he has won over 50 major international photography awards from different competitions, including Professional Photographer of the Year, Nikon International Photo Contest, Prix de la Photographie Paris, Sony World Photography Awards and International Photography Awards eleven times in a row.

His solo and group exhibitions have been seen from South and North America, through Europe, all the way to Asia.

His photographs have been exhibited in places such as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Milan, London, Miami, Paris, Prague, Hong Kong, Kiev and many more.

Martin’s work was presented in prestigious galleries such as Getty Images Gallery, Saatchi Gallery and SNAP! Orlando.

His work stood proudly alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Banksy, Damien Hirst, Helmut Newton and Erwin Olaf.

Martin was introduced and exposed at SCOPE, the largest and most global emerging art fair in the world, held annually in New York City, Miami, and Basel.

Martin’s dreamy, transportive photography has been commissioned by cultural institutions such as the National Theatre in Prague and the Czech National Ballet.

Dozens of his images have also been used by New York publishers for the covers of mysteries and thrillers — genres he believes his work is perfectly suited to.

He has created book covers for the biggest New York publishers, such as Harper Collins Publishers, Sterling Publishing and Penguin Random House. In addition, he has collaborated with other book publishers, music publishers and artists around the world.

Work of Martin Stranka was featured in interviews for Adobe, Disney, The Guardian and many more.”

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SIGNS’, by Akkara Naktamna. Street Photographers from Thailand.

Pertemuan awal dengan photo series Sign’s dari Akkara Naktamna adalah pada Desember 2016, ketika diikut pamerkan pada rangkaian acara Jambore Street Photography Indonesia ketika itu, saya menikmati pertama kali dalam bentuk photobook.

Kesan pertama yang saya dapatkan adalah, suatu kemampuan observasi yang sangat bagus. Kembali menghadirkan memori di masa kecil, pada masa menikmati film animasi yang sering ditampilkan distasiun televisi era 90an. Monster di dunia fantasi tersebut disuguhkan pada rangkaian foto yang sangat menarik.

Kesungguhan dalam berkarya untuk merealitaskan fantasi, tentunya butuh kerja keras dan niat besar untuk mewujudkan project ini. Mengagumkan! (Tomi S)

 

About

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Akkara Naktamna was born in Bangkok in 1979 and started shooting as a self-taught photographer in 2008 influenced by Elliott Erwitt’s book and a comedy movie named “Pecker”.

His works have been shown widely both in Thailand and abroad such as IPA Street Photography Asia Award 2013 (Singapore), Miami Street Photography Festival 2013 (USA), Xishuangbana Photo Festival 2014 (China), Photo Bangkok Festival 2015, Singapore Photo Festival 2016, etc.

In 2016 Akkara made a zine named “SIGNS” which was a shortlist of the Anamorphosis Prize 2016 and also was collected at MoMA Library Collection.

He founded Good Art Book: a website for promoting Thai self-published art book, c-Type Magazine: a blog for featuring interesting photo series around the globe, and co-founded Street Photo Thailand collective.

Currently Akkara works as a software engineer, has one adorable daughter, and spends his free time for photography.

SIGNS’ Statement

Nightmarish, primeval and strong images captured with beauty and precision.

For fans of horror sci-fi, the apocalypse and other mysteries of the Intelligent Universe, Akkara Naktamna’s simple but eye-opening series ‘Signs’ is likely to confirm their growing sense of an organic doomsday conspiracy.

As Akkara says: “My experience in street photography made me sensitive to phenomena and changes around us.

I often encounter weird, even eerie, environmental elements, such as various plants that, gorged on the city’s pollution, burst into gigantic mutant creepers, steadily devouring everything around them.

They seem to be biding their time to wreak vengeance upon nature-destroying man. Many things we meet in daily life appear inert and lifeless and so are overlooked.

Closer scrutiny reveals that they’re furtively signaling each other, emitting unfathomable messages, as in some scene from a horror sci-fi doomsday movie, the kind that always end in tragedy.”

Equipments

You used a simple compact camera like Sony RX100 Mark ll to create SIGNS series. Just some photographs were shot by Fuji X-Pro1.

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