This week, we dive into the photographic universe of Karel Chladek. As always, we let the artist do the introductions!
It’s a story in the moment, that’s how it’s always been. A glance at the ambiance, a look at the background, an intimate moment, and a quasi-exact replica of a perfect evening.
I arrived at Piknic without any artistic direction, without even knowing what style of photography I was going to apply. And that was the idea. The results? An album of 40 very human photographs. No staged portraits, but about twenty portraits on the go. A feeling of pleasure and freedom. About 10 pictures that set the atmosphere and give a sense of the space. Two, three photos of DJs, no more. In my opinion, the public is the most important feature in this genre of event. Piknic is innovative in terms of how they present creativity, bringing together many ages and genres. Electronic rules: it guides and inspires the mood that, for me, is one of the most interesting I’ve photographed so far.
When you forget the technique, only the art remains. I have a particular style because I’m untrained. Now with more than three years of a camera in hand, my goals still haven’t changed. I represent things in my way. The spontaneous, the moment, the unscripted, and not the planning, the scheduling and the equipment. I work with what I have. I don’t try to find out what others do, but more so what they intend. Why do you do it that way? For me, it’s a story of the moment.
To check out Karel’s complete album, click here!