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.
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.
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.