Vavrinec Hradilek: 'Black Water' photos and video

Check out the behind-the-scenes film and amazing images from the kayaker's unique photo session.

© Dan Vojtech/Red Bull Content Pool

Dan Vojtech is a photographer who likes to do things differently, as you'll see from the video above and the photos below.

After Dan's stunning photo shoot with BMX rider Tomas Slavik back in March 2013, this time it was the turn of kayaker Vavrinec Hradilek to head to Hradec Kralov in the Czech Republic to get the Vojtech treatment.

A head and shoulders portrait image of Vavra Hradilek from the 'Black Water' photo session
A portrait of Vavra Hradilek from 'Black Water'© Dan Vojtech/Red Bull Content Pool

The session, entitled 'Black Water', brought together photographer, kayaker, some climbing gear and a LOT of water to create some truly innovative images.

Side-on image as Vavra Hradilec is hit by water in very high definition.
Some more amazing 'aerial' photography© Dan Vojtech/Red Bull Content Pool

The basic idea behind the shoot was to take the action out of its usual wild water context, in order to really emphasise the lines and curves of the kayak itself.

Vavra Hradilec fights through a 'rapid' during the photo session
Vavra Hradilek in action during the photo shoot© Dan Vojtech/Red Bull Content Pool

As you can see, the resulting images were truly spectacular. Without the usual rocks, river and rapids obscuring the action, Dan was able to highlight the kayak and kayaker.

Vavra Hradilek poses with his kayak during the Black Water photo shoot
Vavra Hradilek poses with his kayak© Dan Vojtech/Red Bull Content Pool

We're doing this photo shoot because we wanted to show the kayak from a different perspective.

Dan Vojtech, photographer

Kayaker Vavra Hradilek is hit by buckets of water from both sides
Vavra contends with wild water from both sides© Dan Vojtech/Red Bull Content Pool

Vavra himself was enthusiastic about taking part in the photo project, as it was something different to the norm, something creative.

He did complain that it was hard on his legs though, having to spend so long suspended in mid-air.

Head-and-shoulders photo of Vavrinec Hradlilec paddling during the Black Water photo shoot
Vavrinec Hradilek in kayaking action© Dan Vojtech/Red Bull Content Pool

It's definitely not a traditional photo shoot, not the usual pattern

Vavra Hradilec, kayaker

A behind-the-scenes photo from the Black Water shoot shows the climbing gear used and the position of lights and photographers
Behind the scenes at the 'Black Water' shoot© Dan Vojtech/Red Bull Content Pool

In this final photo we get a glimpse into the process of the session. How the shots were set up, what equipment was used and how much water was involved.

Remember to watch the video above for a full behind-the-scenes look at the shoot.