My day-to-day job requires me to travel a lot. I beat my own record by vis­it­ing forty-six coun­tries in 2010. I used my large format cam­era in only two of them, in one I used medium format. This does not alter the fact that all of my travels have been teach­ing me respect and under­stand­ing for other cul­tures as well as help­ing me per­ceive col­our and unique­ness in the world that sur­rounds us. Nevertheless, my heart always wants to return to the moun­tains and the deserts. Their majestic beauty fas­cin­ates me and I also dis­cover that beauty in the smal­ler detail once I am able to reflect on it. I usu­ally wish to record such majesty straight away. Typically though, I am able to visu­al­ise the desired effect only on a second or a sub­sequent visit. It is after many returns, how­ever, that I truly dis­cover the detail, as it tends to hide well away from first glances. I have been very lucky to visit the Colorado Plateau thirty-eight times, and each time I find some­thing new that I had not seen before. I find it inter­est­ing that pho­to­graphs of the detail tend to suc­ceed on a first attempt, per­haps because of the num­ber of prior vis­its to their loc­a­tion. If only I could, I would like to bring my large format cam­era every­where more than once.

Karolina Vyšata inter­viewed me in October 2010 for a photo book that accom­pan­ies the (Be)Longing exhib­i­tion, which she has cur­ated. This was her ori­ginal ques­tion, which I have answered above:

Travel is your other pas­sion. How do you select places and objects that you want to record on film? When you see some­thing for the first time do you instantly know “This is it!”? Are there, per­haps, places that you visit many times, return­ing and pho­to­graph­ing them again?

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2 Responses to Travels

  1. Kućma ·

    Jesteśmy pod głębokim wrażeniem subtelnego i majestatycznego piękna tych tak cudownie uchwyconych pejzaży. Jesteś prawdziwym artystą! Czekamy na więcej!

    • Rafał Łukawiecki ·

      Dziękuję, Alu, za tak miłe słowa. Już za kilka dni mam nadzieję wydać album z fotografiami z wystawy. Właśnie nadzoruję jego druk i też nie mogę się doczekać rezultatów.

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