30 Portraits I Took That Vary From Pleasant To Dark
In my life, I am confronted with various situations, events that trigger pleasant emotions, a sense of harmony, but there are also those difficult ones that are not welcome, but cannot be inhibited, rejected, then I try to express them, find a vent in the form of enigmatic images. I present a series of portraits of the easy and pleasant and the extremely different – dark, mysterious and sensual.
I was born in 1977 in Poland. I am an artist – passionate (self-taught). Since I discovered that visualization is a perfect way to express one’s suppressed, but also unrestrained emotionality, I started to create creative images, which can be interpreted in any way the viewer wishes.
In Daddy's Arms, All Evil Worlds Disappear
At the beginning of my photography adventure, I focused on the technical issues to get the pictures right. As I became more experienced, I began to feel the need to depict my feelings. I don't want to talk about them directly, and I don't always want to share them. I do it to relieve discomfort and feel a sense of relief.
I create artistic pieces using materials I have made before. Sometimes I revisit photographs from a few years ago to give them new meaning. I transform a classic portrait into a conceptual work, combining several layers of other files. This process is quite time-consuming, and I can spend several hours immersed in it. It is only when I finish that I feel a sense of bliss. There are also times when I produce creative work under the influence of a creative impulse, without any specific message in mind. Later, I interpret it and find that I have expressed something that was weighing me down a few days ago. I have revealed what was sitting in my subconscious.
It's difficult to find the balance because what I put into my images is not always clear to the viewer. They may interpret it in their own way, and I might have a different intention. But that's not really a problem. There are also instances when the person being photographed doesn't like themselves in my picture; it's hard for them to distance themselves. I realize that everyone would like to be portrayed as attractive and pleasant. That's why I rarely do portraits; I find it hard to find people who are willing to pose. There are only a handful of people, so I often photograph the same faces (I have a limited repertoire of models).
Sometimes my work is interpreted unfavorably. They are considered bizarre, unpleasant, or shocking. But most often, these judgments come from people who are not in touch with art, such as acquaintances from my environment who lack a deeper understanding of the human psyche. However, I don't take it personally. What matters is that those who are sensitive to art appreciate and stop by. There will always be critics.
Julia And Johnny
Between Waking And Dreaming
Note: this post originally had 39 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.