Matouš Bárta

Prague Lifestyle Photographer, Matouš Bárta - CZ

Matouš Bárta

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA

My dear father, just like almost everyone at that time, used to take and develop photographs in our bathroom. For me this ritual was an inseparable part of my childhood. Sometimes I would join my father in the red dusk and watch pictures appear under the magnifier, which used to belong to my grandfather. My dad used a Zenit E – it was light sealed with carpet tape and it had to be rewind with surgical precision in order to avoid breaking the film.

I used to use the very same Zenit when I started taking pictures myself at the age of fifteen with the plan to study Photography in Brno and much earlier than that I have begun observing the world around me.

Now I’m twice as old, married to a great, loving wife and have two children and two cats. And I make a living as a professional family photographer.

To me, that was something absolutely inconceivable fifteen years ago.

When shooting, my mind is completely clear. I don’t know what will happen and what the location will look like, all I know that I'm in there, I’m a part of it and I shall catch it in the photos. The photos, despite being still and mute, (and perhaps because of that) have the ability to capture the atmosphere and story in a completely unique way.