Galerija Fotografija

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.

Janez Bogataj

Slovenia / Slovenia