What do you see? Idea and meaning behind our artworks

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Today, we are sharing more thoughts from our photographer Vadims Pjatrikovs about the idea and meaning behind his artworks. Hope you will enjoy the ride!

"I have spent the last 5 hours on my way to North England. That is when, in this peace and quietness, some internal dialogues pop up in your head - some sort of a mixture of real conversations with real people and your own additions to them. Probably, that is how thoughts are born in general.

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So, what has come to my mind now is one conversation I've had recently with someone where they asked me "Can you tell me about the meaning that you're putting into your artworks? What is the main idea behind them?"

This was one of such times I'm my life when I got a question that was so big and extensive that you wouldn't answer such a question straight away without putting some extra thought into it. So, I was taken completely by surprise as back then, I haven't yet formed an answer in my head - it was just a set of scattered words I've had in my brain at that moment.

So, as it usually happens with such questions for me, I have been occasionally thinking about this question ever since. And even now, I started pondering about this again - they are right - what is the point and what is the idea behind my pieces

Over the years I have seen lots and lots of artworks from other artists and have read through their descriptions and the meaning that they have put into these pieces (which sometimes felt more of a pretence meaning, to be honest - somewhat artificial and blurred). So, the conclusion that I came to is that what the artist is telling about their artwork would not always match your own view of it. That is why I decided to keep searching for my own meaning in other people's work.

This has majorly affected my own artworks and the way I perceive them too - most of the times I decided to let the viewer of the photograph decide for themselves what they see in each of them.

I came to a conclusion not to put any idea or a peculiar description into each photograph, allowing people's mind to interpret what they see for themselves. I came to this conclusion after I've shown my limited edition prints to a lot of people and asked them "What do you see?". And I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the answers that I received. Today, I am sure that what different people see in the exact same artwork is sometimes close to impossible to imagine. 

It is a mixture of their personal experience, their own associations that they have with the object depicted and their understanding of art as a whole. So, from my point of view, this is very similar to a good book, reading which everyone would imagine something personal, everyone would imagine the main scenes and characters in their own way, even though they are all reading exactly the same lines as hundreds of other people.

So, next time we see each other, don't ask me to tell you about my artwork, as it is more likely that I will ask you instead "What do you see?"

I mentioned in my latest blog post that I was working on a new composition. And today, I wanted to share the result - my latest artwork called "Fencer" - and tell you a couple of facts that inspired me for this photo session.

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You can see for yourself how the composition evolved over time from the original sketch and photography set up to a (hopefully) much better result. And it would also be very interesting to see your thoughts that came to your mind while looking at this photograph in the comments below.

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Here are these facts:

1. In fencing, the main feature of the hitting does not impose any significant force like in most of the other combat types of sports. In opposite, a forceful hit would signify the lack of experience and inferiority of the technique of the opponent. A correct hit needs to be made not by using the whole body, but rather by using your wrist.

2. However, this doesn't make the fencer's weapon weak at all, and some people believe that the tip of the fencing blade is the second fastest moving object in sport behind a marksman's bullet. 

3. Fencing mask with its dense stainless steel mesh protects the head except for the back of the head, and it also has a bib that protects the neck. Several years ago people started to use masks made of glass so that the spectators could see the emotions of the sportsmen. However, this new addition hasn't proven to be viable - even the most solid carbon fiber does not always protect against a hit, and because of the numerous scratches this glass needs to be exchanged quite frequently. Plus, this leads to significant condensation which obscures the fencer's view."

Hope you've enjoyed reading the story behind this artwork. Keep en eye on our Instagram account for the next piece from Vadims. If you'd like to check out other works in the meantime - feel free to visit our online storeTill next time!


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