About my work
Dutch/Czech photographer Tony Dočekal (Amsterdam, 1992) studied analog photography at AKI ArtEZ University of the Arts.
My work explores the overlap between reality and storytelling, by pointing out that a photograph can be both documentation and falsification. By using framing and suggestiveness I present a slightly critical view of everyday life. Mundane scenes become mysterious and ominous when approached from another angle.
A returning theme in my work is the loneliness and absurdity of the human condition and its effect on our planet. Even in the images without people, the human presence lingers.
Solitary, anonymous individuals that seem to be dropped on the earth often act as the “anti-hero” in my images. To me, these lonely travelers embody a sense of melancholy, but at the same time, they symbolize the freedom that we all desire. It is a play with the viewers’ perception of reality, and a way to re-connect with our sense of place. My aim is to make people think about, and re-appreciate what they have.
“The thing that is important is the thing that is not seen.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry