Each of my literary projects originated in a similar way – I try to find out as much as possible about the author and visit the places where he lived and worked. I let these places and his work interact on me and then create images somewhere on the border of dreamy landscape and abstraction; actually, I am photographing a reflection of the author’s work in my mind.
Exupéry is for me a strange mixture of romance, religious trance, revolt and protest against globalization and violence. While working on the project, I visited places associated with his youth – Saint Maurice de Remens, Ambérieu, I flew in a small plane along his postal route between Agadir and Dakar, I read again his whole work and various biographies. I have found a man very split, poetic, tumultuous, preaching, erring, fighting, rebellious. And yet so expressive consistent, which one critic said of his work that actually wrote all his life, in different forms, one book.
Individual shots were taken: Agadir, Ambérieu, Arrecife, Caserio de Tenesar, Ermita de Las Nieves, Galdar, Helfštýn, Jizerka, Lyon, Maspalomas, Melrose Abbey, Murano, Panenský Týnec, Ponta Delgada, Saint Maurice de Rémens, Skaftafellsjökull, Snaefellsjökull, Tademmante, Timanfaya, Valašské Klobouky.
The final processing, unlike the previous two projects, is entirely based on a combination of photographs from different locations and this time with a balanced proportion of classic and ICM shots. In Exupéry I have joined many known and new locations in one big anthill, from which I drew the final visualization for my final landscapes of mind. I also sketched individual shots for the first time in preparation for the project, although in most cases the final picture deviates from the sketch.
Most of the project shots were taken from November 2017 to June 2019, but I also utilised some older shots, for example from Iceland. The collection won 3rd place at the MIFA – Moscow International Photo Awards 2019 and honourable mention at the Fine Art Photography Awards 2019 in London.
The project was first exhibited on 21.11.-15.12.2019 in the Gallery of Art Critics in Prague.