Unintended Charm of the Czech Landscape
photographs, 42x28 cm, inkjet printing on paper
the deadliest Covid wave (at the end of winter and beginning of
spring 2021), I relocated with my family to a small village on the
edge of Central Bohemia. We combined stereotypical days filled with
online teaching and the most essential family activities (mealtimes,
laundry, tidying up, shopping) with walks around our immediate
surroundings. At the same time, the owner of the neighbouring forest
began felling trees infested by the bark beetle. I started
documenting the progress of this physically forceful and
aesthetically paralysing intrusion into the ecosystem of the forest.
The end result of this somewhat innocent and aimless photographic
activity is a series of nine pictures. They are a reference to an
encounter between two ostensibly unconnected pandemic situations at
one particular time and place.