Tomas Chadim (1973) is a representative of contemporary progressive landscape photography. Nostalgic tendencies in photography are strange for him though. Instead, he plays with photography by using digital manipulations, making collages, flipping.
Anyway, the outcomes are (in most cases) realistic scenes, which invite us to accede to his game and to become part of the displayed scene. Nevertheless, in his case, it is not a self–serving manipulation. He always thinks twice so that the final result is an intelligent and visually interesting landscape photography.
Tomas Chadim graduated from the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava. He exhibited his projects in the Czech and Slovak Republic, Poland, France, Russia, Brazil, England, Serbia and Hungary.
He lives and works in Prague.
Author is searching out subtle evidences of the connections between landscape and human, exploring man’s sense of symmetry. He is interested in exactly how we have come to be here on this part of our Planet. He follows the footprints that we left behind in the landscape.
In so doing he is NOT interested in human being as an individual. He is interested in the whole of humanity as a community, in the whole human swarm and its behavior.
We are aggressive and invasive animals. However, before he starts accusing us of anything, he would prefer to observe those features that have been developed through evolution. He sees our incredible potential and also believes that we still don’t know how to effectively and meaningfully use it.
His photographs are about a humanity. He believes in man’s ability (or an ability of its Creator).
2009 – 2014 – Institute of creative photography, Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic (title BcA.)
Exhibitions / reviews:
Pls., note: (G) = group exhibition, (S) = solo exhibition
2016: Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, KHR – Violated landscape (G)
2016: Gallery Fotografic, Prague, CZ – Zone, Exoplanets, (S)
2016: Muszi Gallery, Budapest, HU – Violated landscape, (G)
2016: Galerie Claude Samuel, Paris, FR – Violated landscape, (G)
2016: Maison de la Photographie, Lille, FR – Violated landscape, (G)
2015: Poznan Photo Diploma Award, Poznan, PL – Violated landscape - finalist, (G)
2015: OFF Festival Bratislava, SK – Violated landscape, (G)
2015: Syngenta Photography Award 2015 exhibitions in, London, UK, Säo Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, BRA – Violated Landscape, (G)
2015: Industra Gallery, Brno, CZ – Violated Landscape, (G)
2014: Photo festival „Month of Photography 2014, Bratislava“, SK – official portfolio review – Violated Landscape, TOP 15 portfolios
2014: Photo festival Photovisa, Krasnodar, RU – Violated Landscape, (G)
2011: World Biennial of Student Photography, Novi Sad, SRB – series The Singles awarded by Equal prize, (G)
Private collectors, MUO – Museum umění Olomouc
|| Zone, 2016
I found them... penetrations… in that place inside the ZONE... Gateways to some another dimension. They are visible only from certain angles. You have to concentrate to be able to discover them. Traditional relations between time and space cease at these places. Time slows down here, space is being divided, you can feel a concentration of energy here - energy either collapses into the gateways, or vice versa geysers.
The places are really weird.
|| Overview effect, 2016
I made this picture of the Earth from depth of 40 kms. I coul’d feel all animals, swarms, plants and geological movements down below. I felt an eternity. I felt, that I was a part of everything down there
|| „David Bowie“ Mountain and „Tomáš Chadim“ Mountain, 2016
|| Mythical mountains Říp I and Říp II, 2015
Intentionally I fully intend to disturb the daily visual experience of how the mythical mountain of Říp looks. Říp is the place where, according to legend, Czech history began.
Today we face the challenges of integrating into a "European landscape", and identify ourselves with other imaginary and mythical mountains (the "Říps" if you will,) of our European neighbours. As a nation I believe we should firstly leave behind our sense of local smallness, and then start breaking myths and ingrained stereotypes.
|| The Planet, 2016
The Planet as it existed here a hundred thousand years ago. It was covered by deep dense forest, and to be precise, right here in the central part of one continent. Forests were waiting for the very first human beings – for immigrants from another continent of the same Planet.
Those animals – human beings – came and will one day disappear again. They leave only scars in the landscape, which are gradually healed by the forest itself. Once again, it is returning to being an unnamed Planet.
|| Swarm Intelligence, 2015
We're a bit like insects. We are ubiquitous. And sometimes there comes an intense swarming = a concentration of our power.
However, unlike insect communities, the swarming of our community misses one single goal, a clear intent and also unified vision. Simply put, we miss swarm intelligence.
|| Dialog, 2014
In today's world people are losing the ability to communicate. There are many topics up for discussion, and it's always a good time to initiate dialogue.
|| The Pipeline, 2014
Men are working on a large piping system, which is a part of the landscape, but is hidden under the surface - as if under her skin. The landscape is riddled with such a system as well as the interwoven human vascular system, which circulates vital fluid. People both systems need to live - as the vascular, and the pipeline.
|| Violated landscape, 2014
They are everywhere. They are sticking out all over the Czech landscape. Antennas, transmission towers, water reservoirs, gas storage tanks, floodlights, billboards, concrete plants, cooling towers, cranes and other technological structures. Take a walk through the countryside. It's like you almost can't find a single place unoccupied by at least one of these structures.
We are by nature aggressive beings, extensively violating the landscape. Yet I find all these structures profoundly fascinating, and highly attractive, for we are not only invasive beings, but also creative.
|| Exoplanets, 2009
What you see are my own photographs of the surfaces of far-off distant EXOPLANETS from their orbits. These planets are not part of our Solar system. It is something that man would really love to see, but can't.