Photo essay Documentary
For his project 'Weekend' photographer Milos Kallai explored the outskirts of Budapest where he photographed small houses and their surroundings in a nearly abandoned area.
- Tell us a little about your background – what path led you to becoming a photographer, and to doing what you’re doing today?
I think photography came into my life relatively late. I first encountered it as an art form while I was an art theory student. I bought my first proper camera a few years after graduating and taught myself how to use it. Later, I enrolled in a photography MFA program in Budapest. Currently, I'm working on my diploma project called 'Path,' which explores the relationship between nature and humanity and examines the various ways in which we perceive nature as a landscape.
- Can you tell us a bit more about the project ‘Weekend’?
In the autumn of 2022, I began wandering around the outskirts of Budapest near where I live and came across several abandoned small houses. In Hungary, it was common for people to own a small plot of land on the periphery of bigger towns where they could grow fruits and vegetables for their families. These lands are now disappearing as real estate investors buy them to build larger housing estates. I started taking photos in these areas while I still could. Recently, I learned that the local government has begun to lease some of these plots, with the aim of rehabilitating them. I plan to revisit these areas to see if there have been any changes.
- What defines a good picture for you? Or what are you looking for in a picture?
I mainly work on series and prefer sequential photography. For me, a good image should support the main thread of the project and mirror the mood and atmosphere of the entire series
- Which camera and lenses do you use?
For this project I’m using a Fujifilm digital camera, usually with a 23mm or 35mm lens.
- What would be your dream creative project?
I know it's cliché, but it would be a road trip. I would travel around Europe by train. Since I work full-time, it is challenging to find a longer period of time for such things.
- Which other photographers, designers, artists or creative people are you loving at the moment?
Nowadays, I often read Guido Guidi's books. I really like how he uses repetition and image variations in his work. Reading fiction is also important to me. Currently, I'm reading the fifth volume of 'My Struggle' by Karl Ove Knausgård. It's about Knausgård's young adult years and how he becomes a writer.
© Pictures by Milos Kallai