OVER

02.10.2017

OVER is the result of a shift in my thinking of aerial photography. It is the first such a personal and subjective project and, at the same time, a new, creative way of expressing myself on a subject I have explored until now – the relationship between man and nature.

I am tired of man and his behaviours. When watched for 20 years from an aerial perspective, although amazing, they become predictable. I know by now that the whole landscape has been processed and marked with human presence. We feel as if we are the hosts and the owners of the entire world. But just one volcano eruption, hurricane or virus is enough to prove that our omnipotence is an illusion. One tiny error can make all we have worked so hard to achieve disappear.

What would happen if mankind vanished? What would be left behind? What would the predicted end of the Human Era look like? What will happen tomorrow, in a year, in a generation, in a thousand years? ”OVER” is a futuristic vision of the end of the world. I have experienced it when a few centimetres of snow covered the world, thus erasing any traces of our activity, and I, paragliding above in dificult weather conditions, started to feel emptiness.

I have set off in frenzied pursuit of vision and snow that kept appearing and vanishing. I would fly places a satellite couldn't see, a drone couldn't reach, that other pilots couldn't be bothered to go to. During those flights I focused not so much on what I was seeing, as on what I was feeling. At first glance these photographs may seem similar to the previous ones, but they no longer tell literal stories, no longer illustarte people's behaviours or show unique places. 

This project is about emotions that surfaced when I was not sure why I was flying, when I experienced emptiness, fear and the sense of inevitable doom, in difficult weather conditions, when I was on my own. For this project is about what I find important here and now. And about what it feels like to spend 20 years with my head up in the clouds and then return to earth.

The OVER photobook is available here

Event Horison

  • January - March 2016: The flights and shoots. I'm in the trance. 
  • Spring 2016: Where are everybody? Why I saw Earth abandoned?
  • Why I did such a project? Starting to ask questions to myself.
  • Summer 2016: I'm working with curators, gallerist, critics, friends. Asking and wondering.
  • August 2016: I'm going for portfolio review at Landskrona Photofestival with more and
  • more questions. I won the review. The prize - the obligation is to show the result during
    the next year festival edition on the solo exhibition. 
  • November 2016: 'Fade To White' exhibition in New York City with a few prints from OVER.
  • November 2016: New York Times, Lens Blog article about the incoming project.
  • December 2016 - August 2017: Working on the book with Ania Nałęcka-Milach;
  • September 2017: First solo exhibition of OVER during the Landskrona Photofestival.
  • November 2017: Book World Premiere & opening in Vienna & opening in Paris...

Publications:

Selected exhibitions: 

  • OVER | Haute Photographie  | ATLAS GALLERY | Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam | 2019.02
  • Side Effects & OVER | Galerie XII | Los Angeles | USA | 2018.12
  • OVER | Paris Photo | ATLAS GALLERY | Paris, France | 2018.11
  • KUNST 18 ZÜRICH | International Contemporary Art Fair Zurich | Zurich, Swiss | 2018.10
  • 44 under 4K | ATLAS GALLERY | London, England | 2018 
  • Hare&Hounds | W Ramach Sopotu Festival | PGS - National Gallery of ART | Sopot, Poland | 2018 
  • High:  Photography from above | ATLAS GALLERY | London, England | 2018
  • OVER at Photobook Exhibition | Athens Photo Festival • Benaki Museum | Athens, Greece | 2018
  • photobook OVER | NOUA travelling photobook library festival | Norway | 2018
  • OVER  | Anzenberger Gallery | Vienna,  Austria | 2017 
  • OVER & Side Effects | Photo12 Gallery | Paris, France | 2017 
  • OVER | Landskrona Fotofestival | Landskrona, Sweden | 2017 

Awards & Honourable Mentions:

  • Independent Publisher Book Awards | GOLD: photobook OVER | nonfiction, Europe | 2018
  • MIFA 2018 | GOLD: photobook OVER | Fine Arts | 2018
  • Fotograficzna Publikacja Roku | HONOURABLE MENTION: Photobook OVER |  2018
  • PX3 - Prix de la Photographie, Paris | Silver: photobook OVER | Books, Nature | 2018
  • PX3 - Prix de la Photographie, Paris | Silver: OVER | Nature, Earth | 2018
  • GRAND PRESS PHOTO 2018 | Nomination to the book of the year, OVER |2018
  • Int. Photography Awards IPA | Honorable Mention: photobook OVER | Self Published | 2018
  • 2018 Daylight Photo Award | Juror’s picks: OVER | Sarah Leen (NG, Washington, DC) | 2018
  • Singapore Photo Festival 2018 | finalist: photobook OVER | 2018
  • Kolga Award | Shortlisted: OVER | 2018