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Photography by Martin Stranka - between fantasy and reality

18 April - 2020
by Femke van Leeuwen


Czech photographer Martin Stranka creates photos that represent a world between fantasy and reality; the seconds between dreaming and awakening. Stranka describes his works as illustrative, conceptual, emotive and minimalistic. He knows how to capture his feelings and ideas in a serene and surrealistic way, so that the viewer is dragged into the moment.


Martin Stranka - 'Until You Wake Up'
Martin Stranka - 'Until You Wake Up'

The moment 

The scent of autumn that arrives, falling leaves, grains of dust in the light of the sunset; daily moments from Stranka's life are the inspiration for his photos. He works both outside and in the studio and never puts multiple people in front of his camera. The individuals stand for the personal ideas he tries to capture, but they also evoke universal feelings. Stranka works for weeks on a single image, but he is never occupied with the goal; he sees his work purely as a representation of concepts. He sets the correct lighting and atmosphere automatically, as it were, instead of determining this in advance. Stranka sees the post-production not as a "post”-production at all, but really as part of the complex process in which an idea ultimately becomes a printed photo. For Stranka, a photo is only finished when he can be completely immersed by it and makes him relive the moment.


Martin Stranka - 'I Found The Silence'
Martin Stranka - 'I Found The Silence'

From therapy to profession 

Photography found Stranka, rather than the other way around. He was a business student when a close friend of him had passed away. Stranka started with photography as a therapy; a way to express his feelings. Photography became his passion and has ultimately formed into his profession. Stranka has received more than 90 international photography awards. His work has been exhibited worldwide next to other great names of modern and contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Banksy, Damien Hirst and Erwin Olaf.  


Martin Stranka - 'I Am Winter'
Martin Stranka - 'I Am Winter'

Visit his artist's page on Online Gallery for more information on Martin Stranka, or contact us.

Image header: Martin Stranka – ‘I Can Hear You Call’


Martin Stranka – ‘Dreamers and Warriors’
Martin Stranka – ‘Dreamers and Warriors’
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