He said his photography began in his youth when he shared a darkroom with his father. “I used to take a lot of photographs back in the Czech Republic,” Kotas said. He switched over to digital only about two years ago. Kotas described his wilderness photography as a way of taking something back from a hike into the woods, a souvenir that would refresh the memory. The Jakub Lotus Wilderness Photo Gallery is a little difficult to find by the signs – it’s located within a friend’s outdoor gear repair shop in the court.
What are your dreams/what would you like to do with your art?
To make this planet a better place to be, so our children will not have to ask: Hey you, what were the forests like? … I will be glad to dedicate 35 percent of the sale to the state parks and USDA for their needs and hopefully become even “greener.” Right now, I do not know many people around to ask for advice, but everyone is welcome to contact me with an idea at JakubKotas@hotmail.com.
What is/has been your biggest challenge, and how do/did you deal with it?
Meeting Viktor Skrebneski at his studio in Chicago. He photographed Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol and David Bowie. Dennis Hopper is a friend of his and it was tough to imagine Viktor and Jakub sitting at the same table. I went on a boat trip on the river and took probably 150 pictures of the Chicago architecture, thinking that Andy would do the same thing. That keeps me going.
– Personality: Extrovert/Introvert: Both
– Hours per week dedicated to art: 168 hours a week
– Favorite artist: John Fielder; mentor: Frank Zappa
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