Portfolio

selected artworks by Petr Jedinak

I create most of my artwork as open series to which I add new pieces on a regular basis. My studio inventory comprises over 400 ambrotypes and several thousand digital photographs, mostly in black and white. I create almost 100 ambrotypes in a given year as well as a few hundred digital photographs. All of my work is hand signed on the back, with a unique inventory number and a thumbprint to prevent plagiarization.

Orgasmic BEAUTY

Photographer Petr Jedinak spent three years shooting the Orgasmic Beauty series. The collection now encompasses several hundred silver and glass plates featuring over a hundred models.

“My main drive was to shed light on a mystery. The female orgasm is mysterious to me, because I will never experience it. When I shoot it, I get to touch something volatile.”

He chose to eternalize the moment using a rare 19th century technique:

“Wet plate collodion only allows me to make a single original, no copy or retouch. The very silver layer that witnessed the moment remains fixed to a glass plate. In essence, I create a magical fetish out of that moment. I do it in order to bring back the mystery that has been lost in age of digital photography.”

 

Privacy

Perhaps the most controversial of Jedinak´s collections stems from his admitted fascination by human sexuality. The scenes of Privacy allow the viewer to become a voyeur in the dark recesses of the bedrooms of  contemporary people. The name Puraibashi and concept for the series derives from his lifelong fascination by Japanese culture, where he observes

“…a great divide between the public and the private. A person´s private life embodies the forbidden, in a direct suspension to their public persona tied by traditions and expectations of society that weigh on them and create perversion. The privacy, or Puraibashi, goes seemingly unacknowledged but it is ever-seeping into the public through works of art. So I decided to point my lens there.”

Jedinak´s signature 1851 technique evokes raw eroticism of the cafés and cabarets of old that saturates the oldest preserved pornographic materials dating back to the dawn of photography.

True emotions

Flowers have been with us as tokens of emotions since the dawn of time. In religions around the world they are used to celebrate fallen heroes, to profess love and to mark anniversaries and personal accomplishments. Photographer Petr Jedinak realized this early in his career as a celebrity photographer for Reflex, a landmark Czech magazine. His path then brought him into the private quarters of Pragues artists, intellectuals and celebrities who harboured fond memories in dried flowers:

I realized there is something about bouquets that makes them tokens of strong emotions when I was shooting in the apartment of Prague prima ballerina Adele Pollert. She had her whole bedroom decorated with dried bouquets, once luscious, that she had received for her shows. It was spectacular and unsettling at the same time.”

Dark matter

Photography is a medium stretched between the polarity of Light and Darkness. This collection explores Petr Jedinak´s take on Darkness as the Primordial Source of all Creation. To him, Darkness is a positive entity with a distinctively feminine feel. It is hard to pinpoint, yet without it there would be no composition.

Jedinak´s Darkness shows its friendly side when it supports the appearance of light beams, stars and rains of sparks. It is Primal Matter and the Embryonic Soup from which his visions emerge.

In these particular images it is more than that. Here, Darkness comes a step forward to greet us, to meet us halfway. It doesn´t show itself entirely, because the revelation would be overpowering, but it occupies a greater place in the composition than usual.