DECEMBER IS THE MONTH OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS. THE MONTH IN WHICH THE DAYS ARE THE SHORTEST AND THE STREETS ARE LIT BY HUNDREDS OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS THAT GIVE THE CITIES A MAGICAL ATMOSPHERE. BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT IS A TIME OF NOSTALGIA AND MELANCHOLIA. COSY AS IT MIGHT SEEM, THOSE DARK DAYS ARE ALWAYS A BID SAD. NOT EVERYONE IS SENSITIVE FOR THIS OF COURSE. PHOTOGRAPHER PETR ŠESTÁK IS.
This season of the dark days of December is for Petr Šesták full of melancholy and even depression. Everything seems to loose its sparkle. Driven by this feeling Petr decided to organize a shooting that would capture this mood of a cold autumn day. The deserted ruins of a chapel, the lack of sunshine, fallen trees and Boris Stepanovic, a model in his mid forties were his attributes. “I tried to capture the serenity, sadness and inner peace deep inside the idle faced model who presents a defeated creature accepting the breakdown,” Petr explains his images.
“I am constantly searching for a perfect picture, perfect shot, scenery, unique object – male body. A quest for an archetypal male portrait. I have a need to capture male energy emerging from a strong body . As I am still very sensitive to the energy of people, the perfect look is not enough for me. The outer needs to be in balance with the inner world. Muscles and optimism, perfect grooming and humour, posing nude and being courageous.” When Petr Šesták finds the right model he feels really inspired and truly happy. Such a moment is a perfect start for a photo shoot. There is no hesitation. Everything is aligned and the results are perfect.
For Petr Šesták photography is a hobby and his main free time activity. He earns his money in a less creative and artistic way. Taking pictures is still rather an investment than pay off. But so far there have already been 5 exhibitions, 2 of them outside of Prague, interviews, selection of my photos in books or on the Internet. And not to mention all the inspiring sessions and satisfied models.
Petr continues: “I feel a need to be constantly on the go. Finding new ways, experimenting, putting together visions of a new shot.” There is a mystery in spontaneity and surprise. Especially in photography. All Petr knows and is sure of at the moment, is that his focus lies in male portraiture. “I have few new ideas about couples and group pictures where the bodies are choreographed into beautiful ornaments. Let´s see. Stay with me and follow my new work or even better…join me on the path.” Lead the way Petr… –BM-
PETR ŠESTÁK | BEAUTIFULMAG