Bohemia. Book One: Horizontal Images by Peter Leiss
The 188 images that make up the two volumes of the Bohemia books
(120 horizontal images and 68 vertical images) were all taken in the Kingdom of Bohemia with analogue cameras (Nikon 35mm N2000 and a Pentax 6x7 camera) in the years 1975, 1979, 1987, 1990, 1992 and 2005.
The original colour and back & white negative films have been scanned with an Epson Perfection 3170 Photo scanner.
Recommended reading on Bohemia:
Derek Sayer’s books The Coasts of Bohemia, a Czech History (1998) and
Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century: A Surrealist History (2013)
Both books published by Princeton University Press
The Bohemia experience always accelerates my desire to pick up my camera and walk through its embedded layered terrain. It is not the decisive moment in this case, but finding the rhythm in a wordless narrative, with intermittent still and silent moments. In that state comes the sphere of authenticity outside the technical. Taking something from the original, changing its context to elevate towards a freedom.
My favorite travel quote by Kafka provides perspective on this Bohemian state, ‘I always enter and leave the suburb with a weak mixed feeling of anxiety, of abandonment, of sympathy, of curiosity, of conceit, of joy in travelling, of fortitude, and return with pleasure, seriousness, and calm, especially from Žižkov.’
All images © Peter Leiss