It is as it seems to you

Pause in the daily hustle and bustle. What exactly are you chasing? Maybe you just got the reflection that it is too late for you? This is the voice of Paweł Marcinkowski, talking through his photography.


It is worth listening to. Is it night already, or is it a daybreak, which is not accompanied by the conviction that a new, wonderful day is beginning, offering us countless possibilities? Behind the window, you can hear the virtuoso show of a nightingale or oriole, or the gloomy croaking of crows that have just set out to feed? Such ambiguous, dark, and understated atmosphere are presented in the photographs by Paweł Marcinkowski: I’m not a photographer by profession. I am a construction engineer and I run a design company. Photography was a way to relieve the hardships and stresses of everyday life, and problems are always dark and uncertain. Hence the atmosphere of the session – says Paweł.


The photographer’s visions do not contain random frames or improvised shots; each, even the smallest detail is planned and harmonizes perfectly with the whole. The most important element of this artistic puzzle is the model, his dialogue with the photographer and his voice in the discourse with the recipient and viewer: I started with landscape photography, which is wonderful but also very capricious. You need to be very patient and lucky with the weather window to make the frames as planned. At some point, however, I started to lack the human factor in the photos – says Marcinkowski – I like to create and have control over light and shadow, which is why I entered portrait photography quite intensively. It turned out to be a bull’s eye, because working with a model (especially the less experienced one) gave me a lot of satisfaction. The figure of the recipient is as important to him as the creator or model, because it is the viewer who interprets, completes the whole with his voice, gives the work its character: My sessions have no titles. Let everyone interpret the frames in their own way. I do not want to suggest anything – says Paweł Marcinkowski.


For this artist, individualism is of great importance. In a world where the subway or train spits out a river of people who are equally dressed, with the same aspirations and plans working in the same place every morning, it is worth realizing that we still have a choice. We can allow a suppressed dream to speak, we can break out of the crowd, and even if we do not go against the tide, we can follow our own separate, not necessarily parallel, path: We live in an age where certain norms and standards are adopted, and everything that deviates from them is pointed with the fingers. With less and less room for individuality; it is hard to admit being different. The prospect of living in patterns scares me – emphasizes Paweł Adamiec. – My generation (’81) was told that we all must at least pass high school diploma and go to college, because it is a guarantee of work, money, and a happy life. But that is not how it works. Years later, it turns out that it is not education, but skills that are important. We can do without another MSc, but not without a car mechanic or a baker.


Today, half of the kids want to become YouTubers or professional gamers, and hardly anyone thinks about their future in a different role. And that’s what this session is about. Mannequins symbolize a society that is uniform and monotonous. All the same, so schematic. Between them a model, Gosia, seems to be the same (because they are without a face), but so different. The above-mentioned session with mannequins took place during this year’s open air in Bożków – an unusual place with different faces that allow you to create photos that fit into many styles. Once a year; the old, abandoned palace in Bożków is teeming with life again, and from everywhere you can hear photographers, models and people co-creating the open air.


All this is due to one special person, Monika: During one of the first workshops conducted by Paweł Totoro Adamiec, I met Monika and from the very beginning we felt photographic chemistry. Later, I was persuaded by Monika to take part in one of the plein-airs and this is how another adventure began. Why this plein-air? The answer is very simple. Because of the people who participate in it. Monika gathered around her an excellent group of people who support and inspire each other – confesses Paweł. Stop speaking the language of advertising, live your dreams and not someone else’s, do not marginalize your fears and fears – they are part of you. Peek into the world of Paweł Marcinkowski photography in order to co-create it!


Art  Director Monika Bojsan

Photography by Pawel Marcinkowski

Models Fedora, Kamila, Milosz,Maciej Ania,Adrian

Make up Monika  Bojsan

Hair Martyna Bryk

Fashon Malgorzata Motas

Written By Joanna Bielas Edited By Kamila Krzyzaniak

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