15 Feb Youth Chess Tournaments, WPP Award-winning photographer 2017, with the Fuji X100
This article was originally published on the 4th edition Fuji X Passion virtual magazine, among many other interesting articles that you can find HERE
Hello Michael! Could you tell a little about yourself, where you live and how you started in photography?
I was born in Kladno, Czech Republic, in 1972. My photographic career began rather late – when I was 40 years old. At the beginning I had almost no experience with photography. I have not studied any artistically oriented university – instead, I studied information technology at the University of Economics in Prague. After graduation, I have worked for 20 years in IT industry. That might seem like a kind of ‘handicap’ for me from the viewpoint of photography. Therefore at the beginning I relied mainly on my intuition and ‘trial and error’ approach while learning how to work with my camera. Also being a perfectionist was my advantage to a certain extent. So initially it seemed that photography will be primarily my own personal hobby. However, only one year later I began to receive prestigious awards for my work, both at regional and international levels. In fact, every photo series that I have photographed so far, has been awarded at one of the prestigious competitions (Czech Press Photo, Sony World Photography Awards, International Photographer of the Year, etc.). Additionally, my work was already exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions. I never thought that I would witness such a rocket start of my photographic career…