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Jacek Għsiorowski

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Self-portrait

Jacek Għsiorowski

  • Born July 12th, 1972
  • Has obtained Master Degrees in Journalism and Political Science
  • By profession: Art Director, Designer, DTP Operator
  • Head-over-heels in love with his 4-year-old daughter and her mother ;)
  • Kiev88 Camera, preferably cheap and expired (though not too much) films
  • Digital Test Polaroid and light metre - EOS 300D


© 2005 Jacek Għsiorowski
© Jacek Għsiorowski

Macrospace


 

Four years ago, I still harboured the naive belief that by concentrating on my own emotions and experiences, it would be possible to draw back the curtain of illusion, which seperates us from Everything and makes some of us unbelievably sad people.

Today things are different. Being in discreet ignorance, to say the least, of the phenomenon of photography, I decided to start my therapy by plunging into the deep end. I started absorbing photos like a sponge does water. At first, I saw this phenomenon as a war of the MEMS - independent informational beings, who are helped by the skillful marketing of their author to fight and push through to various of photography forums and websites. Alone, I bravely went to battle over the Big Nothing. The situation gained pace from week to week, month to month, causing even me to be stunned. Digital photography became to me something like a trampoline conveying me to something else, something that will take place after the last slide show that I will treat myself and my sore eyes to.

The process of resurfacing started at the beginning of this year, in the middle of winter. Visions started appearing, the mind spontaneously started making plans, frames and spatial relations. Subconsciously, I reached for the meduim format Kiev on the shelf in the basement, in which someone's secret and passion was jammed, as I later found out. Since that moment, I have felt like a voodoo doll, driven by some secret force to arrange some objects within the lense's scope and press the shutter release.

Perhaps I register the image as seen by the eyes of my four-year-old daughter, who very often is a witness to my photographic projects. I play "Photography" while she plays "Life" - we both profit from each other's toys.

From the point of view of a landscape artist, there is nothing worse than a person in the frame - they are like an intruder, a necessary evil, an element of inevitable doom, that awaits everything it touches, like a looming sweet cataclism. If a person must, however, be in the picture, let them occupy the role of an ant. An intersting challenge for a landscape artist would be to limit himself to capturing images of the city. In the place of pictures from the surroundings, emerge macrospaces, pulsating with their own magical life. Sensory deprivation. Time for emission.

I remember my favourite pastime from childhood days when at my granparents' in the country during the harvest: riding a tractor and making bundles of the collected cereals. I think that it's the same with good photography; as we go through life we collect pictures, they are registered in our experience and emotions, and once in a while a picture comes out of the camera, connected by the thread of time, an independent photographic entity.

Looking form the perspective of time which is constantly passing, I see photos and next to them their barely visible energy level, a record of the past Presence.

I sometimes wonder where this road will lead me through the fog I see myself putting down my weapon. And since nature doesn't like emptiness, Is hall reach for an even stronger substance that lies in my subconsciousness - an unfulfilled passion of flying.

If these experiences don't quell the mob-like tendency to act and confront, all that will remain is the tediousness of learning to play the piano and awaiting the zero hour.

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