Macro– and microcosm above my head
and beneath my feet 

Nature photography – love from first sight

However, wherever I am, I try to explore and investigate my surrounding. And believe me, every time I discover something new and surprising. Depends on season, angle or unexpected events the places change and evolve in something new and captivating. Moment is an emotion. Emotion is life. Panta rhei.

I like weirdos.

 

Perhaps this will give you a clue to the question of my identity as a photographer 

 

What is my favourite topic?

WelI, I am spellbound by the versatility and diversity of fungi.

 

I cannot stop staring on yeast while baking at my kitchen. The process of rapid devouring the sugar and frantic reproduction is mesmerising to me. Every time mould appears in a jam jar (I bet I'm not the only one to be surprised by uninvited guests in my fridge) I admire the ideal circles of white or velvety green fungi growing on my favourite raspberry jam. 

 

There are over 70 thousand fungi species on Earth. Most likely even more, waiting to be discovered and named. Aliens so different from any other living organisms of our Blue Planet. Diversity of forms, astonishing colours, uncanny beauty. My never-ending object of wonder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have always been looking either down or high up. Never straight forward

Since the forest is the thing I cannot live without, nature photos came naturally into my focus. Small living creatures, plants and fungi - I have always been deeply fascinated by these mysterious worlds which are not being noticed in our daily rush, but exists at our fingertips with such a generous variety of details, colours, shapes and patterns.


I would like images and feelings to emerge from my paintings, such as the smell of the soil after the rain, the feeling when the sun touches skin in the late  summer afternoon, view of the thousands shades of green of the woodland, or the icy cold beauty of the winter desert that the lake turns into during the cold January nights.


These photos are my natural therapy, mindfulness sessions or escape from ordinariness, ugliness and tiredness. 


Location is not important - a moment is essential 

My locations are seldom splendid

I am always after colours. If anyone asks me about the distinctive feature of my photography I would definitely say - colour. Colours mean to me life, emotions, energy. Sometimes only colour nails the picture. 

 

Capturing the instant moment at its best and keep memories of it and/or giving better understanding of a process or phenomena. Picture frozen in time gives a chance to look closer, have a think about what we see and finally notice something what we have missed due to size or complexity. In a certain way photographs simplify reality bringing forward a point of focus.

 

In my view photography is not about technical perfection so I am not very keen to improving pictures more than it's necessary. Taking photographs and making them are two different things. Both are creative processes of telling the stories however it tells a lot about how the photographer perceives the world, what is important with such perspective. Certainly choosing a subject or specyfic angle is still playing with perception. It makes photography always an act of creation, no matter if we compose unrealistic scene, which is an exciting imagination trip, or trying to frame a piece of a big picture.  

 

Uncanny kingdom of fungi