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Zbigniew Reszka

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Zbigniew Reszka


  • Age: I have many birth dates, depending how I feel. Unfortunately, the current one has not been established yet.
  • Lives/works: Warsaw
  • Education: Registered photographer, ZPAF (Union of Polish Art Photographers) member.
  • I started to photograph: At the age of 12.
  • Cameras I use: Mamyia, Sinar, Hasselblad and various large format pre-war inventions.
  • Favorite photo-sensitive material: I always buy the cheapest, discounted materials, because I process them, make samples and choose the method of development by myself.
  • I would like to meet: Person who would like to meet me.
  • I take photos, because: I realize my dreams and fantasies.
  • Pictures hanging in your apartment: Mix of magazine clippings that inspire me.
  • Who does final processing? Mostly I do; commercial works in Kodak's lab.
  • How do you "stain" your pictures? Everything is done manually with the use of painting varnishes, inks, adhesive tapes, scissors and scalpel.
  • Music, you are "killing" right now: Most often I torture my own music, because I play in Warszawska Jesionka band; but lately I have been listening to the folk music from all over the world.
  • Last seen movie: Koyanisquatsi (I am not sure if I spelled it right).
  • Book you last read/reading now: Kurt Vonnegut's "The Sirens of Titan".
  • How to gain the model's trust? It is easy. She should be treated as a equivalent partner, who is responsible for the 50% of the success. She should be also aware that she takes part in the artistic process.

Translation: Sylwia Banasiak

 

Reszka about his art


My photography is the result of fascination of women’s body. Body not necessarily beautiful in agreement with common done canons. The more imperfect body is more fascinating for me. I incite my models to reveal their dreams and obsessions they even don’t realize. After session suddenly they begin to have consciousness of their own power and independence. They are not skivvies, scrub women and mascots of their male partners any more. I like strong women who resist to the mental and physical power. On my pictures they dominate themselves by their image. The men begin to feel the distance or even fear in front of them. I like it. It is a specific psychotherapy for me and for my models. Psychotherapy for their complexes, and for me waking real my dreams of them.

During our sessions very close relations are being struck up between us. In my childhood I had a doll, that I liked to change the cloths of. (Now I change the cloths of my models.) Later I was with a partner who’s one chest was amputated. The scar after Amputation was fascinating me from the whole her body the most. It seemed to me in the link with herself endlessly beautiful. Thanks to that she stopped to have complexes because of it. I am writing down my models’ declarations and put them on the bottom of their pictures in masks. On one hand I create them after my manner, on the other – I’m showing who they really are. Sometimes I am scratching my comments directly on the plate.

Masks are my obsession as well. Anonymity what they give, is apparent. Sometimes you can learn more about someone with the mask on his face, because the mask provides the distance what brace him to show his true face.

I don’t want you to regard the nakedness of my models as a provocation. I think rather then the people indignant at my works didn’t take the trouble To look at them with attention, or they are not prepared for their perception. There is not pornography in my pictures. In that what I’m doing I would name brave showing someone’s image. I am satisfied if on my exhibition I can find even one spectator who is able to understand my works. For such a person I’m working. Maybe my early adolescence in the circle of women caused such a strong interest in them. My works I stylize to a style of the pictures from the beginning of the photography. Old scratched daguerreotypes and glass plates that is my fascination. They have unique atmosphere of mysteriousness, which you can’t attain in another way.

 

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Translation: Emilia Batura
 

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