Sunday, September 25, 2011

Some more snapshots from Backlight

Here you can see some more snapshots from Backlight Photography Festival in Tampere, Finland. Some of them were taken by myself, some by my friend Piotr Kurdej. I really enjoyed being in Backlight and I would like to thank all the great people, who made it possible and who made my stay there so pleasant, including Ulrich Haas, Antii Haapio and Irma Puttonen from Photographic Centre Nykyaika.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Student's feedback from my workshop in Finland

 I still didn't have time to post here more photographs from Backlight Festival but I found out that students from Tampere University of Applied Sciences posted an entry on their blog about the workshop I gave there:
TAMK Art and Media students blog

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Some photos from Tampere

I am in Backlight Photography Festival right now. My schedule is really busy, so I can only post few quick snapshots. There will be more later on.


One of the posters for Backlight
My photographs in the TR1 Kunsthalle

Monday, September 12, 2011

Some snapshots from Portland exhibition.

Here are just few snapshots from current exhibition of Garden of Eden in the Camerawork Gallery in Portland, Oregon. It's there until September 23rd, so hurry up if you haven't yet seen it.
These installation shots were taken by my great helpers and friends Bao and Kristine.Thank you, guys!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

OAC project grant

I  have received a very good news today. I have been awarded a Project Grant for Established Artists from Ontario Arts Council. This is a grant for the project titled The Seed.

The Seed will in some way compliment my recent project Garden of Eden. I plan to create ten trios of photographs. In each trio the first photograph will show one single seed, the next one – the entire plant which grew out of this specific seed, with all the fruits, leaves, roots, etc; the last one – all the seeds coming from this one plant. I will portrait following vegetables:tomato, cucumber, pepper, hot pepper, bean, peas, corn, squash, pumpkin and sunflower (it's not strictly a vegetable, but you eat the seeds or make oil of them, so it counts). I will plant them in my own organic garden in Yarker, Ontario. The single-seed photographs will be the close-ups, to show how beautiful and various the seeds are. The main photograph of the whole plant will be done in a way a bit similar to Garden of Eden, with great care about light and about the set, which will emanate the feeling of beauty and abundance. The third picture in the trio will be the simplest one – just all the seeds displayed on the white paper, to show clearly their number.

It has always amazed me that one tiny seed gives birth to a huge plant with a lot of fruits and hundreds of new seeds. It is an example how powerful and generous the nature really is. It is also amazing that such an impressive effect may be achieved using organic methods, with just a little bit of work, care and love.