Do you guys like Star Wars?

..I asked them. "If you do, you will love this location"

I was nervous as fuck. They were super nice and down-to-earth guys, but still, members of one of my favourite bands and first big artists I've ever point camera at.

Dom and David from great south african group Goldfish.

But let's go back a year ago.

I was shooting this portrait of my good friend, sculptor Jan Dostal in his workspace. He's not just an insanely talented artist, but has some great taste for music as well. And there they were. Awesome beats mixed with real instruments in a great style.

I know very little about dance music, but I could not get the melody of "hold tight" from my head for next couple days.

In January, we had this crazy editing marathon of our Istanbul City Stories movie with ondrapenicka.com. It was our classic style- very little need to make sense and a huge amount of available energy.

We needed a matching music packed with positive vibe.

With little expectations of getting the answer I sent to Goldfish a mail about usage of their music.

Dom replied me after couple days.

Their music was the thing that helped us to put that crazy adventure movie together.

Last week I stumbled across the information that Goldfish will perform in Czech Republic in couple days.

With little expectations of getting the answer I sent them a mail with an offer for a portrait session.

I'm not in a point of career where I'm one of the photographers that would Rolling Stone magazine hire to shoot a portrait of Goldfish for the cover.

But I was in London at David Hobby's speech and I know that if I want to survive as an artist and live a great life, I must manufacture my own opportunities.

Dom replied me after couple days.

It was Thursday, one day before performance in Brno.

On Thursday evening I fucked up my ankle while learning some new things on my pennyboard. I spent rest of the night in pain and unable to walk properly.

The pain continued on friday morning, I was decided to cancel the photoshoot and stay home in bed. For once make a reasonable choice.

But that would not make any difference.

I grit my teeth, called Ondra and asked him if he could assist me on a shoot. Once he was in (he's always in. and awesome), I was set without a way back.

Doped myself with some painkillers, packed the XT1, one light with softbox and head to Brno with no certain information about time and location of shoot.

I didn't know what to expect, Dom and manager Nick were pretty nice in the emails we changed but still..what if they will be pissed off and the shoot will not happen or something?

I'm still fighting with low self esteem as an artist.

We arrived early on the location. It was a ridiculously cool new club called "Sono", Goldfish were the first performers ever in the club.

We spent couple hours waitin and scouting.

And then they were there.

Do you guys like star wars? If you do, you will love this location.

I was nervous as fuck. They were super nice and down-to-earth guys.

They were cool with me being on stage with them.

It was one of the coolest experience of my life.

It would  never happen if I haven't sent that mail.

If I haven't manufactured my opportunity.

 And if I haven't overcome the pain.

 

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Technical mambojabmbo: After around 30000 shots I'm getting to know and really love the new X-T1. I'm not a skilled event shooter and I haven't had a better idea on how to handle the quickly changing light scenarios than shooting with an 8fps burst all the time. Shot around 4000 photos in hour and half only using the 18-55 lens. Messy spray-and-pray- process, but it worked for me this time, I love the photos and love the camera. Processed them with VSCO presets.

 

DOGS.

This was one of the moments when I realised I really love dogs.

And shooting a portraits of dogs is something I wanted to do for a very long time not just because I want to have a project like this in my portfolio, but more importantly, with projects like this, I really truly believe in an importance of single photographs. And since we live in a world where we upload 208 300 photos on facebook every minute (!), it's nice and crucial to remind ourselves that single photos really still matters in some way. Because, although this topic is a big taboo for every dog owner, they will not be here forever unlike the photographs.

 

And I really love dogs.

So I'm shooting these portraits for free, so far for few friends, but I already know that portraying dogs will be in my life for upcoming years.

 

 

       

(Derek from Ricky Gervais is a great show you shouldn't miss if the hashtag #kindnessismagic speaks to you)

I want to elevate this project little higher to actually do some good in world, so I would love to connect and work with some dog shelter or charity or something, so if there's anyone with idea or any organisation reading this, I would love to connect and work some kindness with you! :)

Kindness is magic. Derek is a great show.

 

And I really love dogs.

Alan Wellart

I'm in Sofia right now, 1100 kilometers away from me is my little brother in law. Name of this little gentleman is Alan Wellart.

Today is a special day for both of us. It's his 3rd birthday. He knows that I'm documenting his life with a camera since I'm around him, but what he probably don't know is the fact that doing it, is the most important thing for me to do. And something I do enjoy the most.

Because this little guy. Oh my god. I can't even tell you how much I love him.How much he means in my life. How many important things he taught me. To enjoy the simplest things in life. To be ultimately kind. Always curious. Playful. Creative.

I don't spend with him as much time as I want to through the years. 

I know one day I want to be stay at home dad. And that's probably not a cool thing to say when you are 21. But I was never a cool alpha male anyway, so fuck it.

I was talking with a lot of photographers recently and from what I've seen I'm starting to think that photography industry is filled with.. from lack of better words, with "business". Way too much for my taste. It looks like we are editing our precious portfolios only to please "the clients". For whom we are often times just "one of the many in the row". And I don't want to be to fucking too romantic about it, I have bills to pay as everyone else. Sure. But I want to stay human as much as possible while doing it. I want to stay me.

And although there's a big chance that nobody will be interested in not-at-all awesomely executed blackandwhite photos of some "random little boy", it's something important for me. That's why I want to have this little punk in my portfolio. Something I show to the outer world. To the clients.

Photographers, let's be less afraid to show we are humans. Let's show more of us. I was very lucky and met lot of you and you are amazing guys&gals with great, great personalities. Don't be afraid to project your great personalities into your portfolios. Trust me, you are more interesting&complex than "commercial"  "portraits" and "products"

You really are. Think about it :)

Oh, yeah. 3rd birthday.

I love you so much buddy. I hope we will never stop being such a good friends. And one day, twenty years from now, you will have your childhood pretty much covered. And you will probably be asking "why the heck are all of them black and white?"

..that "daylight" balanced light in your room really sucks and I still haven't found the way how to colour balance it properly. And it's more well, art:)

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