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"Auftakt" is the upward stroke made by conductor, a gesture, that comes in the moment when music
does not begin to sound yet. It's a gesture made in silence, but combining full information about time
of performance, tempo and semantic fullness of music, it's stroke and character of the sound.

Auftakt is the instantly disappearing fragment of time that always dissolves in it's own obvious
ephemerality. A moment that exist invisibly at our life and in one time includes in itself paradoxical
opposite feelings. Silence and calmness that can be felt in one second before the storm comprises
the great anxiety. The “Decisive moment” is preceded by the "indecisive" moment, and this moment
interlaces the senses of cold and warmth, pleasures and melancholies, human happiness and
presentiment of loneliness. These senses are presented in everything that can be snatched out from
this world and transferred to the “other world” using the means of photography, the atmospheric
world, which reality, nevertheless, is imperceptibly connected with the present.

The context of time and locations in these photographs is important, but not on a first place -
it's not just the set of visions, but their irrational expression sates every photo with special atmosphere.

This is the visual meditation on everyday's life taken during 2005-2010 using the analogue
technic of 35 mm and 120 mm, and also the mobile's phone camera.


About the Author

Roman Drits
rdrits Hamburg, Germany

Born in Riga, Latvia, 1986
Currently in Hamburg, Germany


2010. One of selected participants in NOOR/Nikon Masterclass in Documentary Photography, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
2008. BA in Advertisement and public relationship, Riga, Latvia.


2010. Kaunas Photo Festival 2010, special prize.
2010. 2nd place in III International Photo Competition Baku 2009 + Gallery "Humay" award.


2010. "Auftakt", Gallery "FotoDepartament", Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
2010. "Trainspotting", Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia.
2010. “Traditions and Modernity”, Baku Art Center, Baku, Azerbaijan.
2009. “Rudens 2009”, Laimīgās Mākslas muzejs, Riga, Latvia.
2009. “Graduates”, urban environment, Cesis Art Festival, Cesis, Latvia.
2009. III Baltic Photobiennale, Kaliningrad, Russia.
2008. “100”, St. Peter’s Church, Riga, Latvia.

Since 2007. Member of Latvian Photoartists Union "FIAP".

Since 2005 have been working as a freelance photographer.

Comments (4) Write a comment


rdrits says


posted at 05:40pm Mar 06 PST


ewisbl says

Beautiful, interesting and inspiring photographs. Highly recommended.

posted at 09:06am Mar 03 PST


AlexVoldman says

Amazing work! Keep it up.
Your cousin - Alex from New York.

posted at 01:50pm Nov 09 PST


LiyaMagradze says

Ромка, ты гений )
ай лайк зис бук вэри мач )

posted at 06:30am Nov 09 PST


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