Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Masters Of The European Landscape
On photography, wilderness and the differences between continents
I think landscape photography is more appreciated in the U.S. than in Europe. It’s not so easy here to exhibit in good galleries. My color landscapes here in Poland are considered trash, not art. In Eastern Europe, it’s hardly possible to live from landscape photography. No one is interested in buying it. This makes our life a bit more complicated.
In much of Eastern Europe, we’re surrounded by rather ugly and dull landscapes. As a landscape photographer here, you have two choices: You can travel to more beautiful places or you can stay and try to show these places in an interesting way. This is, of course, difficult, but not impossible. Many of our photographers take this challenge.
In my portfolio, you’ll find many wild landscapes, but if you look closer, in most of them, you’ll find some elements of humankind. This is one of the things I want to show in my landscape photography—how the human can coexist in a good way with nature. You can see small figures of mountain climbers in Iceland, rowboats on a Norwegian lake, a small footpath in the Polish Tatra Mountains, a road crossing the Icelandic interior, a man-made lake in the Alps in Switzerland, a barley field in Tuscany, beautiful yellow grape fields in Slovakia….
My favorite countries are Norway and Iceland. The nature there is really amazing. The population is rather small, so it’s easy to find magnificent wilderness. Both countries are very different. Norway, with its beautiful fjords, mountains and glaciers, is beautiful in a very classical way. Iceland is a rather new land. Its lava fields, volcanoes and geysers give the unique possibility to see what I call a “lunar landscape.”
See more of Maciej Duczynski’s photography at www.lonelywolf.pl
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