Andrei Tarkovsky

Stalker, 1979


I’ve been back a few weeks now and settling in to new work challenges and the cooler climate. I started watching the Dogma 95 series of films again, which led me to discover the works of film maker Andrei Tarkovsky who is a huge influence on Lars Von Trier. I am now going though the seven films Tarkovsky made in his lifetime which are all available to view for free online. They are beautiful, intense and loaded with metaphorical references and his distinct cinematic style is changing the way I now view cinema. He wrote several books on cinema and, with time I look forward to reading more of his thoughts and ideas which, just like his films will act as a source of inspiration.

Below are a few quotes from Tarkovsky…

“An artist never works under ideal conditions. If they existed, his work wouldn’t exist, for the artist doesn’t live in a vacum. Some sort of pressure must exist. The artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect, as man wouldn’t look for harmony but would simply live in it. Art is born out of an ill-designed world.”

“I think in fact that unless there is an organic link between the subjective impressions of the author and his objective representation of reality, he will not achieve even superficial credibility, let alone authenticity and inner truth.”


By lisafotos

I live in Edinburgh and graduated with a degree in Photography from Napier University. I loved travelling when i was younger which helped me form a strong world-view. I specialised my career to working with predominantly children and young people to develop their creative skills and, hopefully in the process, some additional skills and knowledge

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