Szymon, 24. I believe that analog film, as a material, is much more natural and responsive than digital sensors and pixels. It is capable of absorbing emotions and the atmosphere of places I visit so that it resonates with the viewer’s feelings better. Film photography has the potential to express the intangible, to go beyond physical reality. Admittedly, film is a material which is not particularly permissive of mistakes. However, it allows you to shoot and grasp the natural moment. If it is not what you expected, learn to let moments go because this is the elusive beauty of the sublime. And remember Samuel Beckett’s “fail better”. Besides that, gaining perspective is essential. Leaving a roll of film you have just finished for a few days before developing it lets you look at the frames from a new, different perspective. I do enjoy the element of surprise, too.

I particularly like to wander around the city late at night. I have always considered solitude and loneliness to be artistically stimulating. Apart from immersing myself into it, I like to portray it too. Maybe that is why I find empty, isolated places so appealing. In this sense, I also treat the very frame as a container for emotions. It does not matter that it is only 35 millimeters wide.

Photography, defined simply as the art of creating pictures, is inherently inseparable from reality in a much more powerful way than, for instance, painting. Abstract photography requires one to not only possess the mechanical skill of availing oneself of light and shade but also to think in more abstract ways than is needed, as far as other visual arts are concerned. Here, my ideals behind photography seem to be internally contradictory. They always encapsulate a deeply ethereal feel, where the story told by the picture is immersive and abounds with color, grain and light. At the same time, I pursue photography which is a reflection of the way I perceive the world around me, raw and devoid of artificiality.

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