Artist Tadej Vaukman has a bold approach to contemporary photography, making sure to capture the strange and bizarre which might otherwise slip through the cracks of everyday life. He photographs his surroundings with uncompromising immediacy, with no corrections, filters, embellishments or commentary. This is raw documentation.
Tadej’s street photography lives on the fringes of society and presents back to us a true reflection of the world today. He pulls a photographic trigger among hedonistic scenes of partying, nudity, binging, sex, vomit and various other bodily fluids. We might catch a glimpse of his softer side on a visit to the ER, where he records an elderly couple supporting each other as they limp away from the hospital ward together.
“I’m interested in scenes of intimacy,” says the artist, “be it exploring human nudity or the assimilation of personal experiences and emotions.” He credits his friends for his ability to capture different slices of life – because together they created their own subculture. It was here where Tadej first began to translate and share his experiences through photography.
He compiled these early photos into his debut book, Dick Skinners. Here our protagonists violate social convention and leap headfirst into a journey of excess and self-discovery. His second series of works, Grandheroes, is dedicated to Tadej’s grandparents, who raised him from the age of 13. By documenting his fragile world, we see the artist confronting his own past and celebrating the unpredictability of life by finding beauty in the most unusual places.
By navigating through the field of intimacy, the artist proves that resistance doesn’t need to be glamorous – it can come in the form of documenting daily life. When he picks up a camera, he enters his comfort zone, and embraces the opportunity to tell a visual story of the discomfort all around him. Others label this discomfort ‘vulgar’.