Absolutely Fabulous Time: David Jakelic

From ‘Absolutely Fabulous Time’ © David Jakelic Photography

From ‘Absolutely Fabulous Time’ © David Jakelic Photography

From ‘Absolutely Fabulous Time’ © David Jakelic Photography

From ‘Absolutely Fabulous Time’ © David Jakelic Photography

Photographer David Jakelic lives in Split, Croatia (a city on the coast of the Adriatic Sea). A self-taught photographer, David is interested in documenting social landscapes and city life, especially in Mediterranean cities and towns. New urban areas meet old cobbled streets and stone-built alleys, and so does the traditional way of life meet the contemporary urban culture.

From ‘Absolutely Fabulous Time’ © David Jakelic Photography

From ‘Absolutely Fabulous Time’ © David Jakelic Photography

The Series ‘Absolutely Fabulous Time’ depicts social landscapes of Mediterranean beaches, off-season, during the winter, after dark. We normally tend to relate these public spaces to our summer memories and remember them as vivid and crowded places. I found them equally attractive during the night, off-season. Either it was a stormy night in December, or a calm, cold freezing night in January, I was always allured to the nocturnal, less familiar face of these sites. Having been just a silent listener, I could easily immerse in the place like I have never done during the day. Then, I use available ambient light, the moonlight and long exposures to reveal scenes that sometimes cannot be perceived with the naked eye. Such night scenes – inherently theatrical themselves – make all the benches and pine trees, parasols and beach showers together look like a large stage set by the sea, abandoned, or left for the next performance. Or, the next season.

From ‘Absolutely Fabulous Time’ © David Jakelic Photography

From ‘Absolutely Fabulous Time’ © David Jakelic Photography

Absolutely Fabulous Time transforms familiar urban scenes such as playgrounds, homes and sports fields into hyper-real representations. The landscapes are presented to us via sharp structure, formal composition and hi-key saturation of colouring – these scenes are so real, yet set beyond our normal perception. Strongly styled, Jakelic’s images yield mystery and, quite paradoxically, an unsettling urban silence  – in these landscapes no faces peer, no children play, no crowds form –  ‘Absolutely Fabulous Time’ is thought-provoking in a most subtle, unsettling manner.

To see more of David’s work, visit his website here.

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