Winter sunrise in Vanier (Ottawa, Canada)


1-29 May 2004 - National Press Club Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

Photography was part of my life for over 30 years. However, until September 2003, when I joined the RA Photo Club, its primary role was to record events and preserve memories. While living in various countries and traveling around the world, I amassed thousands of images, priceless for my family and me. Today, I open an album and I again live in Japan, explore backroads of South-East Asia, travel around Europe, or enjoy beauty of my native Poland.

After joining the RA Photo Club, my interest in photography steadily intensified as measured by the amount of film burned or the volume of beer consumed, while discussing secrets of photography with fellow club members after our weekly meetings. I like to photograph nature, architecture, people, geometric patterns and textures, and everything else I can point my camera to. I am fascinated with colors, which probably is a consequence of the fact that for many years I could not afford a decent color film. I appreciate creativity, however I do not like images, which are “too artistic.” As with everything else in my life, I try to find my own way in photography. I do not mind learning from others, but I avoid workshops, where participants are taken to “the spot” and directed to take the same picture.

I appreciate the opportunity to share my work with you. I hope you enjoy it. I am looking forward to hearing your comments, which will help to refine my work, in particular your sincere comments “how wonderful my images are.”

“Point. Click. Wow.” is my first solo exhibition. It is a collection of photographs mostly made in the last six months (except for two dating back to 1997). Most of them were submitted or considered for club competitions in the past year. The images were recorded with Minolta 707si SLR using Fuji Provia and Velvia and Kodak Gold films. The film was scanned with a Nikon Coolscan 4000 at 4000 dpi and 48-bit color depth. Some of the images were digitally recorded with Nikon Coolpix 995. The prints were made with Canon S9000 printer on Canon Photo Paper Pro using Canon ink, the combination resulting in rich colors, great tonal range, and estimated longevity of over 30 years. All images are mounted using acid free archival type materials (Nielsen frames, chalk white alphamat, foam-core backing).