Josef, Photographer, Prague, Czech Republic

photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong

photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong
photo by Kevin Truong

Josef, in his own words: “From early childhood I knew I liked boys more then girls. For me personally it was absolutely normal. The only trouble was to deal with people around me. I grew up in 80’s and 90’s in eastern Slovakia and I had so little information about what it meant to be gay. But I never wanted to change it, I felt special.

I think my whole life is a challenge. I was always very interested in art. When I was 26 I started to study photography at the University. I finished my Master degree with a very personal queer music project Mušnula. You can check it on youtube. I think is very important to express the queer side of my personality. The funny thing is that I am also a yoga instructor. And I am very conservative about yoga. That’s good balance.

I came to my mother the night before I left my parents flat. I was 20 and decided to move to another city to live with my boyfriend. I think my mother was sad not because I told her I was gay, but because I left home. We always had a very strong relationship.

My partner was director of a queer film festival in Prague for 4 years. So we are a part of queer community here. But I am not a party person, I do not drink alcohol and I don’t visit gay clubs or bars. So I really don’t know. I think I know more about yoga community.

I try not to look back. But I am 35 now and sometimes I feel I would like to have more friends. During my life I had just a few really strong friendships. Many of them do not last until today. And I think it is my fault. I don’t know if I can change it. Maybe it’s too late.”

5 comments

  1. jem

    Thank you for sharing, Josef, and being so open and vulnerable. I, like you, have few friends, but those I do have a know to be true friends. I think as a gay person you have a much smaller circle of people that understand you and so it is difficult to find friends. I’m not sure you can change that other than to respect the friends you do have and cherish them. I am much older than you, but I understand how you feel. I wish to be a friend to you in any way that helps – it would have to be an internet friend because I am in a far country. Let me know if that will help you. I wish you all the best, and thank you again for sharing. Incidentally, I did watch your video. It was very zany and artsy and I don’t profess to understand much of it and what it was trying to say, but I thought it was well presented.

  2. Manel

    Since I’m a portuguese, I find it very nice to find in one of the fotographs the “Lisbon Concert” of Mariza.
    This is very curious, since this kind of music, “fado”, is so very strange and not an easy one for someone who is not portuguese. Good taste!
    I wish you all the best

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