Stormy Fog

  • Martin Rak
  • 2015
  • Inv. No. 289.16.01
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Paesaggio
Size L
80x120cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted on Dibond Mounting
 

Martin Rak’s interest in nature and the landscape is a key aspect of his artistic research, focusing mainly on the genre of landscape photography. Here the natural element is captured with great attention and described in all its variable and perceptible nuances. Rak takes a privileged viewpoint from which, undisturbed, he can admire the thick blanket of fog and clouds shrouding the treetops and creating thick, hazy atmospheres. The intent is a bird’s-eye view of the tacit stillness that characterizes these places over the course of an entire day. What emerges is a panic sentiment, a clear desire to become immersed in and bonded with nature, viewed as a magical and enticing reality. The artist’s aim is to capture – through the photographic medium – the sense of immensity and majesty that characterizes these landscapes, restoring them through magnetic images that have an extraordinary innate visual impact. The element of light is also very important, as Rak considers it an essential feature of his photographs and he studies its variations throughout the different hours of the day, from dawn to dusk.
Urged by his family, Martin Rakembarked on his path as an artist at a very young age, when his grandfather gave him his first camera. After completing his studies in 2007, he devoted himself entirely to his passion for photography and bought his first digital camera. This was the start of his career and the moment he decided that this art would be his metier. He became enthralled with travel photography, taking long trips to various continents. However, his works are not ordinary landscape pictures, but long exposures in black and white that allow him tosatisfy his creative desires. Sharply defined and with precise geometric framings, Rak’s photographs interpret the natural landscape and human dimension, water and sky, and capture everything from the beaches of Northern Europe to the canals of Venice. Rak’s uniqueness lies in the bond heestablishes with the space he wants to capture, so that he never focuses on the human being: human life is evident only in the photographs of cities, the quintessential artificial landscape, but they are uninhabited and silent.
Rak’s endeavours were soon successful: in 2012 and 2013 he received honourable mention in the International PhotoAwards IPA, while in 2014 he won the Prix de la Photographie Paris Px3 and placed third in the International Photo Awards IPA that year.