A se­ri­ous ill­ness led this photographer into ex­plor­ing a sur­real per­spec­tive on the world – and into help­ing oth­ers get into pho­tog­ra­phy

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Petr Hricko re­veals how pho­tog­ra­phy changed his life

Name: Petr Hricko

Lo­ca­tion: Czech Repub­lic

Sub­ject: Por­traits, na­ture and street

Equip­ment: Le­ica Q, Canon 5D Mk IV, 5D Mk III. Lenses: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM, Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM, Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 L USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM Web­site: www.petrhricko.cz

Petr Hricko sets out to use pho­tog­ra­phy in a sur­real and cre­ative way to ex­press his feel­ings. “I try to catch mo­ments that are as nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble, even if some of them might seem un­re­al­is­tic,” he says. “The most in­spir­ing place for me to be is in na­ture, but I also love peo­ple-watch­ing, where I imag­ine sad or funny mo­ments within the sit­u­a­tions tak­ing place.”

Petr’s ini­tial dis­cov­ery of pho­tog­ra­phy emerged from a dark and trou­bling time, af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with can­cer in 2003. It was dur­ing his treat­ment that a friend bought him a cam­era, a gift that had a big­ger im­pact on his life than ei­ther of them could have imag­ined. “I found that pho­tog­ra­phy was a good tool to fo­cus on some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent,” he says. “Since then I’ve pho­tographed on a daily ba­sis, with ei­ther a dig­i­tal or a film cam­era. My in­ten­tion with my work is to in­spire other peo­ple who might be in the same hell I used to be.”

Through the sale of prints of his work, Petr has helped other peo­ple find­ing them­selves in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion to him by sup­ply­ing them with kit and teach­ing them pho­tog­ra­phy. “It was great to see how it im­proved their bat­tle with their dis­ease.”

Petr’s work cov­ers a va­ri­ety of gen­res, from cap­tur­ing the won­ders of na­ture to stag­ing amus­ing and am­bi­tious self­por­traits. One of his per­sonal favourite im­ages comes from his self-por­trait se­ries, in which he can be seen lev­i­tat­ing be­hind the tree (op­po­site-top). “It de­scribes how I feel in the for­est and where I get my en­ergy from when I’m there. I en­joy push­ing my lim­its fur­ther and com­ing up with more com­plex vi­su­als.”

Petr says he has many ex­cit­ing projects lined up, in­clud­ing pub­lish­ing a book about his trips to Ice­land. “Peo­ple who are fol­low­ing me on so­cial me­dia know that my favourite place to pho­to­graph is Ice­land! You can see Ice­land in all four sea­sons through my eye,” he says. He’s also work­ing on an in­trigu­ing mag­a­zine that he claims has an in­ter­est­ing con­cept... Petr Hricko says: “I try to catch mo­ments that as nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble, even if some of them might seem un­re­al­is­tic.”

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