Since childhood, I have always been attracted to nature. It doesn’t matter if it is hiking, climbing, travelling… I just love being outside. Therefore, it is more than obvious that when it comes to photography, I enjoy shooting landscape and nature the most.
For the last two or three years I tend to shoot more and more black and white minimalist images, which means I need to simplify the scene as much as I can and there are three main elements helping me with that – water, fog and snow.
There is no sea in the Czech Republic, but we usually get some fog and snow in the winter. I am always excited when the first snow starts falling from the sky and the entire country becomes white and silent. It is a wonderful feeling to walk in the fresh snow in a forest completely covered in frost and look for the best composition. It is like a dream white world away from everyday life. It is where I want to be, where I want to relax, where I want to create.
The winterscape is clean, simple, quiet and calming.
Martin Rak, December 2014 (website)