I Found The Silence by Martin Stranka
Martin Stranka is a self-taught professional photographer, born on 13 April, 1984 in the Czech Republic. Martin’s biography says he has a ‘distinctive vision of photography that is etched as a unique space located in a balance of serenity, while his sophisticated and rewarding images exist in that narrow space of a few seconds between dreaming and awakening.’
What draws you to people photography?
It is true that there is always a person standing alone in my photographs. Today, we are constantly assigned to different groups, social networking, classes, etc. Man is constantly pushed to be part of a group. Even so, we spend 24 hours per day, 7 days a week with ourselves.
All photos are displayed as a sort of personal communication process and everyone who sees the photo can find himself on the other hand. Photos are somehow so personal and yet so universal.
Could you talk us through how you took the shot ‘I found the silence’?
This photo was unbelievably difficult to take. So many wood pieces were flying in the air thanks to people around us throwing it, and the fans. I had to edit it in Photoshop later as well. The photo was taken on my favourite forgotten road near Prague.
Your work seems very emotionally fuelled. What is your aim with photography?
I never think about the aim of my photographs. It is something automatic and something that grows in me. For me, photography is kind of my own diary which shows parts and moments of my life.