The World of Forms: Photo-Poetry by Sarolta Gyoker


The ancient philosopher Plato claimed that the truest form of reality is not the tangible, but the abstract. While many intellectuals come and go to debate such belief, we still wonder to what extent of accuracy Plato reached. Photographer Sarolta Gyoker enters the world of forms.

A world of shapes, abstraction, semi-incomprehensible forms that bring out the unseen qualities with just the naked eye. The camera serves as her extension of self, the auxiliary of sight. A ray of sunlight turns into a forceful beam to be reckoned with; the delicate branches turn into a roadmap or vein of something else; the small curves of water waves, another texture of reality.

Plato described this world in Symposium, "it is not anywhere in another thing, as in an animal, or in earth, or in heaven, or in anything else, but itself by itself with itself."

Such line is akin to the aesthetic philosophies Sarolta follows, such as the "noumenon" -- the one that is real and is not subject to ever-present changes, and the Japanese "mono no aware":

"In solitary walks, I can get physically moved by what people might consider very simple things such as a curvature in a branch, the way light falls on a treetop or some weeds, or how a brittle fallen leaf is carried by a current in a body of water—and, not the least, by the silence of the falling snow that gradually envelops and ultimately petrifies our surroundings in winter."

Await for our upcoming interview with Sarolta soon. In the meantime, visit Sarolta's Facebook for more of her works.

written by Ciel Hernandez on 2017-12-03 #people #black-and-white #film-photography #sarolta-gyoker


  1. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    This is something lomographers should be vey good at :)

  2. jamesoffilmland
    jamesoffilmland ·

    Such a beautiful pictures and thought behind them. Very inspiring article.

  3. robertquietphotographer
    robertquietphotographer ·

    Inspiring...and beautiful

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