I was born, and I still live in the city of Sochaczew near the capital of Poland. In Warsaw, where I work and photograph, I spend pretty much almost every moment of my life.
I have been working for a large telecommunications corporation for a long time, in recent years as an engineer, IT manager, and coach. When I don’t think about photography, I think about my work. When I don’t think about work, I think about photography. It’s like yin and yang in my life.
It took me many years to understand what is most important to me in photography. I used to think that a compelling story is crucial for me. Of course, I value telling stories a lot, but over time I realized that emotions are the most important. Both my emotions and the person I photograph.
Wherever I can! Sometimes in my company’s office building, other times at a birthday party in my family. But I have no doubt that most often I take photos just walking around the streets of Warsaw.
I put headphones on my ears and switch on my favorite music. I need to take the first few photos and steps, and after a while, I’m in my world. I’m in a trance. Nothing can stop me.
All my holiday trips are devoted to photography. Whether with family or friends, everything goes into shadow when I hold the camera in my hand.
And every day after work, from late spring to late autumn, I go out for a walk and take photos. Actually, taking shots in Warsaw is like a challenging, demanding training to prepare for the “feast” which might be a trip to London or Berlin.
To be honest, I don’t carry my camera with me every day when I go to work or the gym. I think that these uncaptured photographs that we all “see” are as essential and informative as those real ones captured with a camera.
I think this is best described by a quote from my favorite photographer:
“I wait and wait until there is something that will touch my heart. There must be humanity in art.” – Fan Ho