Petr Borovec

My name is Petr Borovec. I was born in 1966 in the City of Ostrava, in former Czechoslovakia.

ABOUT ME
The first time I looked into the viewer of my father’s camera I was just a child. I spent long hours in the darkroom with him, learning to process black and white films and to make darkroom prints. Later when I was older, I bought my first SLR camera a Soviet Zenit TTL.

I returned to photography after my compulsory military service shortly before 1989. Influenced by the work of many famous Czech photographers, especially Josef Sudek,I became more and more interested in creative photography. When I returned to photography for the second time around the year 2000, I tragically lost all of my negatives and data on the disk.
And finally I picked up my camera again in 2016. This time aiming for analogue and minimalism.

I recently realized that I was looking for ideas in a similar way Josef Koudelka does. I take the camera, I go out and look for where the photo is waiting for me. And if I find it, then I'll try to capture it. Of course, I won’t always manage to do that. Sometimes I know that "it" is somewhere waiting for me, but I can’t capture it in a way that I can be happy with the result.

I love those moments. It’s like when the receiver tunes to the correct frequency and establishes the link.

MY NEW [ART] WORK
Diary of The Everyday, 2017
iPhonegrafia, 2018 - 2019
Feeling of The Moment, 2019

MY PREVIOUS WORK
Montenegro Beauty, 2006
EarthShip, 2004 – 2006
Magic Moments, 2004
Portraits, 2003 – 2006
People from The Hills, 2003 – 2004
Moments from Tournai, 2003
Random Meetings, 2001- 2004

AWARDS
Euroraport PhotoProject: The First Day in European Union, Selection by a professional jury, Foundation of Visual Education (PL) & Nikon Polska Ltd., 2004
The 32nd International Artavita Online Art Contest, The Finalist with Certificate of Excellence, Artavita, Santa Barbara (USA), 2019

SOLO SHOW
Reflection & Near the Sky, building of the former cinema Vesmír in Ostrava (CZ), February 2019

GROUP SHOWS
150 Years of Photography, Prague (CZ), 1989
Euroraport PhotoProject: The First Day in European Union, Warszawa & Łódź (PL), 2004

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
U Hraběnky guesthouse, Petrovice (CZ), 2002
TEMAX tech company, Uherský Brod (CZ), 2002
MSS company, Ostrava (CZ), 2005

MEDIA
Melvin Mapa Film Photographers Interview, Singapore, 2018


Portfolio:

Diary of the Everyday

SEEK THE BEAUTY - ELEVATE THE EVERYDAY

„We are often taught to look for the beauty in all things, so in finding it, the layman asks the philosopher while the philosopher asks the photographer.“
- Criss Jami, Killosophy

The goal of this project is The Seeking of The Beauty in The Everyday, in other words trying to find beauty where we don’t usually see it.

The project is inspired by the work of one of the leading Czech photographers Josef Sudek, as well as an interview with a Belgian anthropologist, psychoanalyst, philosopher and writer Patrick Declerck, Nikon’s #ElevateTheEveryday project and the work of Jan Ságl, Josef Koudelka, Antonín Kratochvíl, Tay Kay Chin and other excellent photographers.

The only creative limitations, that I have placed upon myself are the Canon FD 50mm f / 1.4 N lens, the Canon A-1 camera and the Fujifilm Superia 200.