Image Credits: Peter Hladky © Ludmila Hladka
An espresso with… Peter Hladký jazz photographer and journalist
I am a Slovak photographer. I like jazz and I like photography too, so I am joining my two hobbies into one – jazz Photography. I like jazz atmosphere in small clubs as well as at big jazz festivals. I am trying to capture communications between musicians on stage and also between audience, atmosphere and emotions. I like very much the moments when the artist is leaving the real space and enters into the space of music and he or she feels only music in his/her own space, and I am trying to capture such moments. Sometimes it is possible to hear the music from a picture. It is music expressed in pictures, and I like it very much. I publish jazz photos in the group of Jazz Photographers in Facebook. I also publish jazz articles and photos in the Slovak jazz portal www.jazzpark.sk. My photos were published on CD, on posters for jazz concerts and on the web pages of several Slovak and Czech musicians. The picture I captured at the Bratislava Jazz Days 2013 of the singer Dawn Joseph, from the group Brand New Heavies, was selected into the collection of the 30 best jazz pictures within the international competition of the best jazz photographers, the Jazz World Photo 2014.
Jazz photography is very specific because there are usually a lot of emotions and positive energy at jazz concerts and jam sessions. For me it is always a great opportunity to feel and draw energy beside capturing nice moments. I am trying to capture the unique and special atmosphere, as well as moments when musicians feel and sense nothing but music. I like also other music styles, every kind of good music, because music is only good or bad.
I experienced one of the strong moments at the concert of the 75 years old South African trumpeter and flugelhorn player Hugh Masekela, playing and singing the Stimela/Coal Train composition, the story about African people working and dying in mines after transporting them from all the African countries by the steam train Stimela. The story was combined with a very expressive and emotional music and I realised what power, energy and strength music can have. It was so emotional that I have always goose pimples when I am thinking on it.
Do not use flash. Try not to disturb either audience or musicians on stage, and do not obstruct other photographers. It is good to show your respect to others.
I work with Canon EOS 5D and with Canon lenses.
I experienced music and revolutions in jazz, with Miles Davis and generations of musicians playing with him, during my studies in the 70´s, but only on LPs. It would be nice if I had an opportunity to be in a concert of his and take some pictures.