May 29, 2018
Vladimir is a Czechoslovakian born photographer currently living in Norway for whom photography is a life lasting passion. In his images we can see a great dedication, where carefully composed scenes and attention to detail permeate. Regarding his preference for instant photography, Vladimir comments that he feels a special attachment to this medium due to its tangible, organic and fragile characteristics.
Following we present an interview that we had with him:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
VL - Thank you for the opportunity to present my work in your fabulous magazine!
I was born in Czechoslovakia. The country has split since, and so has my cultural background. Since I was 18, I have lived in different places from Israel to Ireland, and now I'm slowly settling down in the beautiful country of Norway. It was in Dublin where my passion for photography grew into art and business endeavour, and I also received training in visual culture and photography at the National College of Art and Design.
am - How did you start in photography?
VL - Just like most people, with an urge for creative expression, I bought a funny little digital camera. This was back in 2002, I think.
am - We can see that you work a lot with Polaroids. What attracts you to instant photography?
VL - I experienced the boom of digital photography. All of a sudden, everything just looked the same to me, so I started to look for a different form, a different tool. Film photography, in general, delivers that quality and also makes one anxious about releasing the shutter -- which is a great thing! With Polaroids, you have this tangible, organic, and fragile work in your hands, and it's kind of cool not to depend on the computer screen to enjoy it. It has an entirely different value then.
am - What inspires your work?
VL - Well, I literally live in the photo lab, and photography for me is a life project, a dedication that in itself is a motivator. As I grow older, I'm much more inclined to work on conceptual projects within the context of social issues. In that sense, the work of Steven Pinker is a great inspiration.
am - How would you describe your visual language?
VL - As I mentioned above, my attitude towards work is changing as I grow older, but mimicking or interpreting reality was never my thing. I'm more interested in the alternation, my own interpretation. My work is already very attached to that form or a style, and some may see a reflection of a daydreaming person, one who is fascinated by nature. This approach perhaps correlates with aesthetic movements that used to be inspired a lot by Impressionism and pictorialism. My later work is more metaphorical in representation.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
VL - What I enjoy the most is doing work that is able to deliver a change, either in form or a concept. Almost daily, I see phenomenal, inspiring works, even on Instagram. The latest gallery show that took my breath away was a performance by Australian artist Martin White.
am - What are your main interests as an artist?
VL - I aim to deliver or inspire a change, for better that is.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
VL - My favourite movie is "There will be Blood" by Paul Thomas Anderson. I also love all Michael Haneke's movies.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
VL - My favourite photo book is Richard Avedon: In the American West.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
VL - No, thank you once again for the opportunity to share my thoughts and work within your space. Wishing you and your readers all the best!