These photographs come from a series called ‘Impressions’, inspired by the art of impressionism. The location where I took these pictures was not chosen by accident. My intention was to refer in my photographs to the pure roots of the art of the impressionists – Japanese tradition and culture, as well the beauty of nature itself, as a direct referral to the people’s needs to identify with their roots – the nature. The photographs presents a view of the forest part of the gardens situated in the Musée Albert-Kahn in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
The intention of my work was to refer to impressionist paintings’ atmosphere and a style, by using my camera as a brush, just like impressionist painters used traditional tools to show their emotions on canvas. Instead of typical painting tools, I was playing with my camera using longer exposure time together with a movement to register the impression of a unique mood and the feeling of a visible texture and leaving a track of ‘painting with the light’, similar to these left by a brush while painting on canvas.
I tried to express my own understanding of the ‘Pure’ as the direction of my vision and direct reference to Vincent van Gogh’s work, his sensitivity and his unique perspective on the world. Moreover, I wanted to get our attention further – to the need of rethinking our roots in order to answer the question what should be the most important for us, taking into account our style of life is more and more influenced by the virtual reality, while gradually moving away from the real life and connections with the true, beautiful world. The source of all human’s knowledge and achievements in every known discipline comes originally from nature, which is crucial for us to understand that nature is the only one ‘pure’ thing that we have today.
I also truly believe that ‘pure’ does not necessarily mean that everything has to be crystal clear. What is pure comes from us and from what surrounds us. Not from the digital ersatz leading its followers to the hopeless quest in for the ‘ideal’. My pictures reflect my perspective.