I took it very light with my blog (and imagery) lately. Partially because it’s low season for my kind of photography. And, the summer is definitely not my favorite part of the year in general. The sun rises way too early and it is moving way too fast for my Linhof (and my age) to catch up. Also, it’s been extremely hot over here in Prague so my basement workroom provided for a good (cold) place to sleep rather than servicing its usual duty as a landscape photography meditation center.
Another reason behind the silence is my ‘civil’ life. Too many changes have been occurring around here; I’ve gone through one of the busiest period in my daily work that included lots of travel. I could not refrain from watching the political turmoil in Czech, which by the way is one of the weirdest thing I have seen ever since I remember following the scene – one of the cleanest prime ministers they (we) ever had got naively swept by his own efforts to make the politics less corrupted… What a world we live in.
Despite that, what actually has shocked and deeply saddened me the most was the incident of terrorist attack in the Nanga Parbat base camp in June, during which two Slovak climbers were assassinated together with 9 other people. These guys loved mountains and many of us could have met them in High Tatras where they were rescuing lives of tourists for many years. Nobody deserves any kind of violent and unexpected death but this event falls far beyond what I am able to bear, to digest, to understand. No words can express the pain I have felt for the victims and their families, God bless them.
I ended up truly empty. Watching the time as it passed, feeling no inspiration for anything whatsoever. I looked back at the pile of my unprocessed files and browse through it until I realized there were a few that drew my attention more than others. They perhaps reflected the way I felt lately. I created them with a sort of an undisclosed “Empty Land (and Colors)” idea in mind. I included a structure in the foreground and a heavy sky, while keeping very little “subjects” if at all. I tried the same approach previously in Norway. I won’t call this effort a project as yet but here’s a brief collection of photographs that can serve a good base for one in a near future.