Juan Pablo Castel noticed María Iribarne attentively looking at the corner window of his painting, in Ernesto Sábato‘s El Túnel. here, there’s no loneliness in looking out the window to draw the attention of a María, for it’s just an offering in many contrasts to the principal play of geometries and shadows. there’s a loneliness at the top of the tower at Karluv Most (Charles Bridge), and in that regard, the loneliness driven into Juan Pablo Castel could co-exist here.
of course, photography is truly about light, and consequently, also by its absence. there are many countries at varying seasons where one appreciates the light. yet, I have been nothing but seduced by the light here: the street widths, the windows (and their dressing), and peculiar times of day make also for cinematic appeals, if not in vignette form.
being in Prague, and commenting to a friend, there is always a “linear description” to the way I see photographically. it’s something like Josef Sudek+ André Kertész+ Saul Leiter, and I want to include a second Czech Photographer: Jaromír Funke. it feels more comfortable to realize this after some years, than start aping them from the naïve beginning. that is, go about photography in a autodidactic way, then realize what’s happening, and study these photographers. to be able to sense their environments is also a very pleasant surprise, despite the distant era.
the thing is, there’s great juxtaposition to be had here in Prague. but, well, you know, there is that thing of actually walking around with a camera and looking photographically. this will happen in the coming days, with a revisit to the Old Cemetery and the Jewish Cemetery, along with portrait work, and hopefully some juxtaposition with light/shadow play. something that will say to me: « yeah, that was Prague ».
in a previous post, I commented on the love for the Czech photographers Joseph Sudek and Jaromír Funke [ link ]. especially with Funke, and works from André Kertész, the use of shadows is a significant element of the photograph, more so in the expression of geometries. while visiting this city, it is difficult to forget how much attention I pay to this aspect of a photo when “seeing” a photo. this premise is principal to the work pursued in the Instagram account named Kerteszian. it is then fantastic to be here, and see such many opportunities for this kind of photographs.