My name is Matej Michalik. I was born in 1981 and live in Bratislava, Slovakia. I came in contact with photography in 2010. Apparently, I belong to the new wave of photographers who didn’t go through the analogue era and developing films in darkrooms but ended up in times of digital cameras instead. I am convinced that no matter how expensive your photography gear is, having a good imagination is essential.
From the beginning, my intuition was leading me towards black and white photos. I began observing the work of several fine art photographers whose work I enormously appreciate. I started communicating with them, sharing pieces of advice and experience. That‘s how it all started.
I specialize mainly in long exposure landscape photography, architecture, seascapes but I am also interested in shooting streets and infrared photos. Why do I use Long Exposure techniques? Because it is something out of reality, that can´t be seen by a naked eye. This tool enables the photographer to catch the motion which is so unique. I believe, that all this information will be helpful for all black & white photography lovers as well as for those who have just recently discovered this style.
The reason why I decided to define myself as a black and white photographer is the simplicity and peace that is spreaded around when you‘re looking at things in a monochromatical way. The black and white pictures represent the subject in its pure, raw format. This allows the true texture, contrast, shape and lightning to come to the fore.
When taking black and white photos, I always try to be minimalistic and show a pure simplicity. What I want to get is a clean, simple photograph, full of atmosphere which I felt when I was looking through the viewfinder.