London Photographic Association Awards
Let's Face It 7. Gold Series Winner
Michal Giedrojc won first place in the series category of Let's Face It: 7. The winning images constitute "coherent wholeness of my portfolio", he says, "particularly of my "Dreams series" which has 30 images so far."Michal tells us a little more about his Dreams series: "The images mix dreams with subject matter," he says. "These are visions of a world which exists only in my imagination. People in my images are entangled in what is real and what is hallucinatory. They ask themselves whether the reality they live in is the author’s vision or maybe it is the vision of themselves. The situations are not comfortable ones. In my imagined world, there are often very prosaic situations, performed by ordinary people. My images are open to many different interpretations and I want them to be experienced individually and separately."
Michal prefers images where man is the main object. "Owing to computer technology, I can freely create living space and change it in the way I like," he explains, "though there are also delicately dreamy surrealistic landscapes in my output. But for the time being it is only a margin of my creative activity. Who knows what will interest me in a few years!"
Michal is a self-taught photographer and intends to study photography at University this year. For more information about his work, competition wins and magazine coverage, please see his website.
"One of my most interesting projects was participation in creation of a spectacle," he says. "Through my images I was supposed to show my vision of the spectacle. I had full freedom of interpretation, nobody told me how and what was to be showed. My dreamy images were ideal for this. Many hours spent on rehearsals and in discussions with actors made the project take on its own life. The integration of theatre and photography gave perfect results which surpassed my expectations."
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London Photographic Association Portraiture Awards Book 2011