No really: where? Photography is a fascinating art form. In its basic form, it purports to represent reality … but even in black and white some unaltered photographs are more surreal than even the most colorfully abstract of artworks. Michel Rajkovic does not pretend the photos from his “Nowhere” series are a reflection of reality as it is. If anything, his images of isolated places show our built environment as many of us have never seen it – a hyperbole of reality, ordinary settings made abnormal by his unique perspective, strange site selections and long film exposures.
Most of the work that goes into his long-exposure photographs is in the selection of a subject and the setup of the shot – like the unsung pencil work before a painting.
His pieces often depict a combination of built and natural environments, organic materials, settings and landscapes juxtaposed with man-made structures, objects and paths.
Sometimes he sticks to strictly natural elements but even then he finds patterns in the noise of nature, straight lines of rocks on smooth and crisp watery surfaces.
About Michel Rajkovic
“Born in 1974, Michel Rajkovic lives in USA, near Boston. During several years, his desire of escapism took him all over the world, but his search for an emotional dimension was not totally fulfilled, even when surrounded with the most beautiful sceneries. His vision of photography evolved, moving from a classical representation to a artistic universe where reality and oneirism combine themselves. Through a minimalist and surgical approach, his work is shading the reality to the benefit of the symbolism.”
“His photos find their essence in this ambiguity. They surprise and make us wonder at the same time. He transforms the landscape in its representation but, above all, in its reason to be. Then the landscape becomes a purpose to bring us into an inner journey.”