Tony Dočekal is a Dutch/Czech photographer born in Amsterdam. Tony studied analogue photography at the AKI ArtEZ University of the Arts, from where she graduated in 2015.
“My work balances between documentary photography and visual poetry. The disconnection with our surroundings and the escapism that emerges from it are returning themes in my work. Our way of communication has completely changed over the past years and with it the way we look at the world – or rather, forget to look at the world. In a time where the individual is more important than ever, being actually alone seems very rare. The high-pressured modern life makes us long for another time, another fictional world.
For me, the open road is the ultimate metaphor of freedom. Stepping behind the wheel is sort of like entering a time machine. It has the ability to free you from the confines of time and space, while simultaneously making you aware of the here and now. By using framing and suggestiveness, I photograph cinematic scenes that, taken out of context, create a new story. This often results in scenarios that seem slightly strange or otherworldly, requiring you to take a second look. Solitary individuals that seem to be dropped on the earth are the ‘anti-hero’ in these stories. To me, these lonely travelers have a sense of melancholy but, at the same time, they symbolize the ultimate freedom that we all desire.”
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