Janez Bogataj, Janez Bogataj, PASTORALA II-5, 1987
silver gelatin print / silver gelatin print
Dimensioni / Size: 26 x 26 cm
Edizione / Edition: unique, vintage
Courtesy: Galerija Fotografija
Janez Bogataj’s series Pastorala showcases the quietude of landscape in four acts. Between the beginning of the eighties and the nineties, the photographer added works to the series and used different technical and visual approaches to document the world of his everyday walks. In the first act, he began making works in detailed, rationalist black-and-white contrasts, to depict his environment in formats of stark rectangle edges. Already in the second half of the eighties, his perspective changed dramatically as he traded the rectangle format for a square one, and began to transform, distort, and even destroy images of his surroundings. In act three, he returned to the stark, close-up depictions, this time focusing on plants. Finally in the beginning of the nineties, he started to create blurred, almost pictorialistic images of roads and pathways snaking through his much beloved landscape. The series shows an oeuvre of almost two decades, in which nature and everyday landscape remained in the foreground and what changed were the ways of seeing them. It is the story of everyday motifs, which acquire new meaning only through the eye of the photographer.
Slovenia / Slovenia
Janez Bogataj was born in 1961. He began creating his recently exhibited series Early Works between 1978 and 1979. In 1979, he started working as a photographer for the magazine Mladina, where he stayed until 1988. In 1981 he was awarded the Golden Bird award for photographic achievements. Throughout his photojournalistic career, he created more artistic, personal works as well, and published them in the photobook Pastorala, together with quotes from classic literature. After 1988, he focused solely on fine art photography. He spent 1989 in Paris, where 40 of his photographs were included in the collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale and one was published in the journal Revue de la Bibliothèque Nationale in 1992. Until 2004, when he published the monograph Pastorala, he focused mainly on studying philosophy and world literature. In 2012 he published the photobook Sonata for Sun and Fog. His works are included in museum and private collections.