I understand landscape photography as an exploration of an unknown space beyond my intimate and civilized experience. On the border of the city, modernity,technology and progress.
The original space of the landscape, where perhaps the key to understanding events and relationships was once more easily accessible, is now lost and forgotten for good, the bond is broken, the senses weakened. I stand in the landscape, in awe, overwhelmed by a superfluous and unreadable mass of sensations and information. I’m trying for a reduction leading in a direction where I haven’t gone yet. Ordo ab chao. Gentle and careful clearing in the hope of getting closer.
Ales Jungmann was born 11.09.1971 in Liberec, Czech Republic. Trained as a photographer. Then he continued his studies at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), Prague, Department of Photography (1997). He joined the school as a documentary photographer and started to deal with landscapes. Parallel to his school work he photographed architectural assignments and became a successful architectural photographer. Today he photographs architecture for Czech and foreign architectural studios, developers, magazines and books. Since 2004 he has held the title of QEP (Qualified European Photographer). After a long artistic abstinence, which he interrupted only sporadically, he is now intensively returning to landscape photography. With new energy and passion, influenced by his work as an architectural photographer and using the same medium format digital camera technique. [Official Website]