Petr is known for his philosophical ideas and eccentric behavior. As a traditional patriarchal family, Petr educates their children with strict rules while Simona, being in the center, has a close-knit relationship with them. They both have very strong convictions and believe that nothing is more important than loyalty and commitment to the family unit. While all 11 of them sleep inside the mobile home, they use the outdoors space as a space that has no limits and use nature in their surroundings as their stimulation, imagination and discovery.
The family spends most of the year in the South of Spain but returns to their property in the mountains of South Bohemia each summer. Dora, the eldest daughter, is the first member to leave the family. She has started her own family with a farmer, Jaroslav, who’s from a village near the family's property.
The photographs have taken place in the South of Spain, South of Czech Republic and South of France. I feel this work is only at the beginning of its journey, since I am intrigued whether the children will follow in their parents’ footsteps, and how it will be the future for Petr and Simona as they grow older.
‘Somewhere in between’ is a heart-felt project, not because I admire the family's style of life, but because they are a daring family who follows their convictions.