“I Bloom For You” is another one of the artworks in series “I Found The Silence”. The idea was created in June 2018, followed by 3 months of planning. The main inspiration was to escape beyond the limits of everyday existence, somewhere where a man can be himself. Escape to a place, where we meet ourselves in the purest way possible.
On the photograph, as well as the whole series, appear elements of nature. On this particular artwork, it is the flowing river of flowers as the symbolism of freedom. Our own liberation, that should never be taken from us. In times the society we are living in, is constantly trying to hold us back, criticize and limit us. We are judging individuals by our own tied up rules.
An individual should always stay true to himself. Not to be pushed to run away to abandoned places, out of the sight of society to be who he really is. All together the time spent on this project from the very scratch to the final artwork took more than 350 hours. If I look back and realize how many great people I was able to work with, I feel it was worth it.
The Artwork “I Bloom For You” was created thanks to a huge support and cooperation of great people. The role of model was taken over by the talented young actor and friend Ivan Lupták. After long hours spent on searching, I found this breathtaking old Buick Electra 225 from 1963. The entire floral arrangement was created by the skilled and handy florists from Provoní. The arranging of hundreds of fresh flowers took almost 5 hours.
The location we chose for the shoot was a stone quarry close to Prague in the Czech Republic. For the whole scene, we used lights from FOMEI, as you can see in the backstage footage. The credit for these beautiful backstage photos captured throughout the whole day goes to the photographer Milan Vopálenský.
We used 3 battery lights of 600Ws with different types of softboxes. The intention was to build quite heavy but poetic movie atmosphere. The week before the shoot we were constantly following the weather forecast and it seemed it would rain the whole day. Eventually, the rain combined with the sunset played a huge role in creating the most beautiful movie scene. After the shoot, the great support and my base in the whole post-production process is premium graphic display monitor EIZO CG318-4K.
Thanks to this equipment I am able to focus on the very detailed adjustments in the process of creating the fine art piece.
About the Author
Martin Stranka is a fine art photographer based in Prague with over 80 major international photography awards under his belt. His work has been exhibited across the globe in North and South America, Europe and Asia. You can find out more about Martin on his website and follow his work on Facebook or Instagram. This article was also published here and shared with permission.