Photography from Peter Jánošík
Photography Exhibition in the Gallery PhotoSecession
Gallery PhotoSecession, Rechte Wienzeile 85, 1050 Wien
Opening: Friday 29th November 2013, 8pm
Opening Hours: 2nd December - 19th December 2013
Monday to Thursday: 4pm - 6pm
Peter Jánošík, Bratislava
Gallery PhotoSecession is pleased to present the exhibition “Peter Janosik: Fragile – Collodion Works.” The exhibited works are elaborated by the historical photographic process of Wet Plate Collodion on either glass or metal plates. As the photographer tries to capture a fragile and delicate beauty in his images, he has therefore chosen the Wet Plate process for his project. The fragility of the chosen subject is thus also accentuated through the fragility of the material, he used.
The photographer describes his personal experience of photographing for the project:
“When someone asks me why I take pictures I wish I could answer simply and gracefully as some other artists do, but unfortunately I can’t. For me, taking pictures is not relaxing or for enjoyment. It’s an urgent need that often doesn’t bring enjoyment but rather sorrow, constant doubts, searching for a mood that cannot be described with words and for a lost beauty that remains only in traces. In my photographic project “Fragile” I try to think about how to capture and express fragility, an attempt for perfection through the imperfection of a simple photographic process, an attempt for something that is largely impossible.”
About the photographer
Peter Janosik born 1978 in Slovakia, began his photographic journey with the onset of digital photography, however over time through a search for the right way of handling photography he paradoxically started working against the technological developments, and his journey has taken him more and more towards the origins of photography. Janosik explains “The main reason was not to distinguish myself from the crowd; it was moreover a search for the appropriate visual form.” He has now found himself in the year 1851, in a time when a photographer's work resembled the work of earlier alchemists, in a time when sharpness in photography was not considered common but a master craft. It was a time when photography was fighting for its appreciation in the field of art.
Despite all the technical challenges of the Wet Plate Collodion work, Peter Janosik feels that this old photographic process offers a wonderful form of expression. Each photographic plate is an original unrepeatable piece of art, in which he finds poetry, imagery and an unpredictable element of coincidence.
Peter Janosik’s work mainly focuses on portraiture, partly real and partly staged photographs which produce a dreamy style of taking portraits, capturing images by using feelings and moods.