What drew you to street photography initially?
It was one guy. His name is Wally. Certainly you know him. Everyone knows him. Everyone finds him. Everyone asks: “Where is Wally?” Of course it is just a exaggeration. But who knows? Maybe not.
On the street photography I like “searching”. That is probably what attracting me to this genre. Rush on the street, a lot of people and the same amount of stories is what I like. But what I like the most is when I find among all something calm and peaceful, someone whose story I can catch by camera. I take photos, search and take photos and search again.
I feel like your style is very timeless, kind of HCB-ish. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Vivien Maier then our Czech photographers Jindřich Štreir, Victor Kolář or Josef Koudelka atc.
Each of them show me different way how to sense the world around us through the sight of camera. If you look at my photos and feel timeless it is perhaps good. Because it may means that you will feel the same after few years like today.
The photo was taken in September on weekend. I was crossing the street and saw the lady enter the house. I decided to take a photo of her but I wanted to be closer. I hold up camera and approached to her slowly. I hoped she will notice me and look at me. We managed it and I pulled the trigger. After that came my and her smile. Smiles makes miracles in street photography.
Why only B&W?
I like B&W photography. I know world has many colours. Maybe colours will appear in my work someday.
What has street photography taught you?
I understood there are a lot of amazing people around and sometimes you do not have to recognise them at first sight.
I found many places which I would normally pass. I learnt how to be uncomplaining and self critical. Sometimes it happened that I went home without any good photo. But it tells me hat I have to try it next time. Every day gives me something new and useful.
“Smile makes miracles.”
If you’d like to see more of Radek’s work, follow his Flickr photostream.
And a special thanks to Radek’s daughter for her help translating her father’s words.