TOM GALLE

I have been photographing since my childhood, but in full from my 17 years.
From 1993 – 2000 I worked as a photographer for the National Theatre Brno.

Since 2000 I work as a teacher in the Photoschool Brno , where I am  trying to give everything I have learned and discovered in the handling of photographic media to all of my learners.

Apart from creating static photographic images I am interested in a kind of animating an image into some one hour projections with musical accompaniment.
My work is related with a passion for music , film , literature , and philosophy , and technology as well.
I consider myself as a self-taught, although I studied at the ITF in Opava , however, I did not finish it.

Pictures for Masses
I started to work on the project MASSES FOR PICTURES in September 2001. Currently, there are these cycles : „LIGHT IN THE HELL“  „PREDESTINATION“ , “ INTERFACE “ , „LAMENT“ , „SECRET ZONE“ and „STATE OF THINGS“  . These cycles are the result of my long-term work with photographic images. Cycle LIGHT IN THE HELL is, from a technological point of view, built largely on black and white negative and positive scans of material –images- which were creating sometime from 1986 to 2006. These digitized photographic images were further processed by a computer using tools derived from classical photographic techniques. This cycle contains in itself the file named CRV which  was created exclusively in an analog way, and the computer was used merely for  coloring it. It is the result of my interest to treat photographic medium just freely and not to be limited by his

“ naturalism “ which, however , seemingly paradoxically , is fascinating me . Additional cycles are already based on digital photography. In the construction of my photographic image is my aim a completely free disposal of photographic data. It is photographic painting – „cyber pictorialismus „.

Poetics of images is also related to my relationship to art and other artistic disciplines such as literature (fiction and non-fiction ), movies , music, architecture … Images contain in itself, of course, an existential reflection. It is a reaction to the reality in which I find myself- it is a way how to cope with it somewhat. It is a strong and positive drug based on image possession on a in its mysterious planes and layers …

Tom Galle
August 2008-2012