A Fine Art Photographer & Mask Artist
A mask mysteriously renders our feelings, emotions and desires. It captures the other side of classical art, living in darkness and secrecy; often concealing its truthful meaning. I am fascinated by that. As a photographer, I am trying to breathe some life into a mask while revealing its soul surrounded by a warm atmosphere full of boundless energy.
The fundamentals of a mask are gradually exposed through photography. A mask becomes perfectly honest and fearless; showing off incredible feelings while flirting with exciting ideas. A handmade mask is a piece of art. In my photography, however, it is becoming a major character in a play.
The Passacaglia is a musical form written in a triple metre – I love it for viola and violin. My work is very similar to it. When looking at the photographs, there is a special moment cuddling you with a plot, sharing the feelings and emotions up to a magical point – would you like to be a mask or a person who is wearing it?
I had always wanted to be an independent fine art photographer due to that artistic dimension in which I could create own masks and photographs. This has come true and my life changed. Inspired by horror movies and Slipknot music band, I started to turn thoughts into art. The essence of an artistic expression was born with the first mask I made. It was like a symphony of an honest work and photography reflecting values of my mind.
Having been open to all around, I do consider myself a social person enjoying being connected with all fans of the art I make. It is just awesome to speak with people and get some feedback as well as to know about how they understand my work. I am delightful when the art touches people´s hearts and thrives their souls. I do all this for the fans – I am very honest here – they motivate me to progress.
Among all people in the world, there are two very special ones to whom I want to say a big thank you for everything – my fiancé Ivanka and a daughter Stela – the women of my life.
Peter Murin – Questions & Answers
When a photographer becomes an artist?
I do believe that if a photographer tries to turn own ideas and emotions into a photo, then it is on a good way towards art.
Who has influenced your photography work and thinking?
Jan Saudek - he is a worldwide recognized photographer from the Czech Republic.
Peter, tell us about the most difficult task when creating a mask.
To determine a final version. You know that situation when you have many ideas in your mind, you would like to do this and that – so, it is important to make it clear what I am about to do and follow a clear vision.
Wouldn’t be easier to shoot weddings, or portraits and events ?
My destiny is a fine art photography of horror scenes expressing some really important feelings, emotions and ideas that we often oversee during our lives. I would be a terrible wedding photographer (laughing) because it is just not for me at all. To illustrate, I work a month or two on a single photograph – playing with each detail, composition and a whole scene. I need to create a mask for it. Then, I am thinking about a story I want to share.
Peter, what is such an interesting place that you´d like to take pictures at?
People all over the world know the Chernobyl disaster – so I would like to go to the abandoned city of Pripyat which is a ghost town. Imagine stories of all people who died over there or were evacuated. Mothers were crying, children screaming and the most of people hopelessly looking at each other. Can we bridge this particular disaster with a current world (Fukushima)? Do we value a life of human being more than back in 1986?
Do people enjoy your art?
Well, it was pretty bad in the beginning. I was considered as a struggling artist whose art is not up to a commercial standard. What’s more, Slovakia is a very commercial country heavily influenced by the Western culture and mainstream commercials. However, more I speak with people, more followers I have. Once people understand my pictures and masks, they acknowledge me.
What happens with a mask once you finish your work with it?
Each mask contains a bit of myself and a hard work. There is a special – I can say a honorable – place in my studio where all the masks are kept. It is actually very inspirational for a further work.
Why are your masks like from horror movies?
In everyday life, people usually talk about nice things. They like to say what others want to hear. But I'm trying to discover their darker side. It is something that they do not want to speak about – it is hidden and mysterious inside them – under a mask.
Guys, if you have more questions about my photos and masks, please, feel free to contact me.