Artist Blog

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Beyond The Image

Jul 01, 2016 - Tereza Zelenkova

mg src="" alt="Aderspach Rocks" width="560" height="700" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-67681" /> As I continue with my practice, the stories behind each photograph are becoming increasingly more important. Although I’ve always employed a certain aesthetic that often relies on ambiguity as one of its key elements, it is impossible for me to think about any of my images without a concrete thing or story that it either represents or references. Every image I take stands for something that holds some kind of importance for me that goes well beyond the aesthetics or technical aspects of the photograph. Sometimes I even question whether there’s a possibility of anything like an independent photograph . . . In my ongoing project, The land with the secret heartbeat (this is still a working title and actually in Czech is sounds much better, haha), I am trying to work with history, local legends, cultural references and literary works bound to the local landscape. At the same time, I’ve given free reign to my imagination to fill in any gaps or use fragments of various stories to create visual interpretations. Moreover, it’s clear now that I might even add some stories of my own, because that’s exactly the way legends are created. In the next few days, I’ll try to post some of the stories behind my photographs. Please don’t expect any texts of literary worth; these will simply be rough sketches and snippets from my research, but hopefully these will shed some light on what lies at the heart of this project.