Lukas is a young Czech photographer born in Prague in 1982. His preference goes to black and white photography, which he compliments with obvious talent. His photographs are characterized by intense emotions, sensuality and erotic tension. The choice of location is as important for him as the choice of model. With him, the blacks and whites are more charismatic than the images themselves, they are his best narrators. With Lukas, no studio work. In his creations, the surrounding nature is the best source of contrast and inspiration. Nothing can clothe better than nature, and that is why the female body should also be revealed in that way: without any pretence, as a reference to the myth of the original woman; like a return to the birth of Venus. Lukas has been published in several fashion magazines, such as Harper's Bazaar, Women and Vanity Fair.
What is the Lukas Dvorak's style?
My style is very simple: I am not looking for any originality, but I try to make women look as beautiful as possible. To accomplish this, I look for models who diverge from the strict canons of photography. They need to have a story to tell, a hidden beauty, a singular inner strength.
What influences you?
I’m a rather complex person. So on the one side, I have my professional life as a photographer, and on the other, I have my personal life. These are two very different worlds. Art, literature, music or cinema do not have a direct influence on my work. What I love is science-fiction, rock and punk music, even punk-inspired art. You cannot find anything in my images which is in opposition with that. Photography is maybe a reflection of who I am, deep-down; whereas music and art are what I am in my mind.
How do you prepare for a photo-shoot?
I don’t really prepare, or very little. My images, my pictures are mostly built on a feeling I get from my surroundings when I’m on site. The models and I look for ideas in all the small things around us. It’s a kind of game. I don’t think about specific concepts before a shoot. Rather, I am very meticulous in the selection of my models. It can sometimes take a year!