Julián Péter is a photographer and photojournalist originally from Slovakia.
He spoke to Photophique about his photographic and life story so far.
“My name is Julián Péter and I am a freelance photographer from Slovakia. However, I am currently based in Prague, Czech Republic. I first picked up photography in 2006, but only recently did I fully succumb to its magic. My main inspiration is the work of Robert Capa. Photojournalism is about being in the right place at the right time, getting the shot that will become the icon of that moment in history and I believe his “if your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough” quote sums it up perfectly. For me, photojournalism is a way to record our many stories. Each series reflects the issue at hand, as much as my own self.
I started sailing in 2011 when I joined my first ship – the Federal Leda, as a cadet. My second contract on board the HAL Pride took me on a voyage circumnavigating the globe. It was only on my third and last contract that I decided to document the daily lives of seafarers. For the period of four months, I worked alongside my fellow crew mates and photographed everything that was going on board the vessel Federal Power.
Due to many technical and logistical problems, we became stuck on anchorage off the coast of Venezuela. Over time, we experienced food and water shortage and of course, the ever present isolation. That is why I decided to create this series, to give the public an insider’s view of the reality one faces out on the sea. These photographs are dedicated to the brave men that spend endless months doing a very dangerous job, but in the end, get often forgotten.”
You can see more from of Julián’s work via julianpeter.net.
Photophique has express permission to publish these images and Julián Péter retains full copyright to all photographs featured in this showcase series.Back to Top