Daniel Kovalovszky's unearthly landscapes

Hungarian photographer subverts conventional landscape photography with uncannily uniform forest shots
Share
Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky
Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky

The 35-year-old photographer Daniel Kovalovszky has been shooting forests for the past three years. Yet his series, Green Silence, are about as far from the woodland-glade clichés as you can get. 

 

Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky
Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky

"I had no intention to create conventional masterpieces taken from nature," says the Budapest-born photographer. "I didn't want to take advantage on the cheap chances nature offered. All I wished for was to give myself over to solitude, to the weird shape shifting of time as it was slackening its pace."

 

Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky
Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky

In his photos, shot deep within both deciduous and coniferous forests at different points in the year, natural arboreal formations take on unexpectedly uniform, near-abstract patterns - patterns that Kovalovkszky describes as "those perfect details of nature that are deeply hidden from our civilization."

 

Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky
Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky

After graduating from high school, Kovalovsky, who still lives in Budapest, studied portrait photography and photojournalism. He has been working as a photographer since 2001, shooting documentary work, which often deals with the ageing process and the legacy of Hungary's Soviet years.

 

Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky
Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky

Green Silence makes for a welcome break from the melancholy shots of declining local industry. "When I step into the land of trees ,then I can fully give myself over to this peaceful search, and abandon the manmade world," says Kovalovsky. Even if the pictures take on an unusually orderly form.

 

Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky
Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky

To see the images in full, go here. For greater insight into contemporary photography, order a copy of our new book, Photography Today. 

 

Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky
Green Silence - Daniel Kovalovszky


You May Also Like


Related




HOME OF THE VISUAL ARTS

Phaidon is the premier global publisher of the creative arts with over 1,500 titles in print. We work with the world's most influential artists, chefs, writers and thinkers to produce innovative books on art, photography, design, architecture, fashion, food and travel, and illustrated books for children. Phaidon is headquartered in London and New York City.
Read more