24. 4. 2019 - 17. 6. 2019
Presentation of photographs in Leica Gallery Café
Dalibor Indra’s photographs represent a selection of typical truck driver images that the author collected during the last two years of travelling by bus. It’s only when riding a bus is a person sat high enough to be able to look the truck drivers in the eye. Through photography we have the opportunity to peek into otherwise inapproachable and intimate world of strangers. Into a world that balances between the adventure of lands far, far away and immense boredom and solitude of a long ride.
Indra’s photographs aren’t a sociological research piece based on the author’s long lasting interest in the world of truck drivers. The look into the driver’s cabin surprisingly brings about many aesthetically impressive details – the shadows and reflections painted on the drivers’ faces, secondary reflections created by the road, cars and the surroundings – all of this establishes a captivating play within the images. All it takes is to focus for a bit and start to play.
The outlooks into the drivers’ cabins are accompanied by images from the rest areas, where the multi-ton colossi turn into a temporary hotels on wheels. This creates a unique place with an unmistakeable environment. The drivers can all of the sudden communicated differently than just through walkie talkies. They pull out their camping chairs and gas burners, refill their drinking water and collect their strengths to complete the next bit of their journey. It’s a form of a camping site, only the surrounding lakes and forests are replaced with highways and ruined countryside.
Dalibor Indra (*1996) completed the General Grammar School in Brno in 2016, and it was during his studies that he developed his interest in photography. In 2014 he began frequenting the Photogenia Photographic Institute which helped him direct the course of his work. He’s been studying at the Advertising Photography Studio at Tomas Bata University in Zlin since 2016.
The work of Dalibor Indra has a documentary aspect to it, yet we can see a fascination with the modern society and its influence on the outside world. After the author finds a suitable topic, he then spends a long while developing it and working on it. Especially noteworthy is the author’s unmissable approach to the topic at hand.