30 October 2006

Meeting Marcin

-by Ulla Larsson

This spring Markus Andersson delightfully told me that we were to invite a Polish photographer as exhibitor this autumn. It felt exciting, and now the autumn is here! Marcin Gorski, the photographer, good friend of Markus and a member of Gruppo F, opened his exhibition People I met during the Polish week here in Uppsala.

The first picture is also Marcin’s own choice for exhibition poster. As one chair is free we feel specially invited to the exhibition.

One man, perhaps a waitor, is sitting down in a café in Warsaw. Perhaps he is planning today’s work. A beautiful sunlit wall, with interesting shades and nice lines. The picture has a very classic and
timeless feeling to it, an impression also given by the man’s clothes. The café chair with an elegant back, perhaps in the jugend style, as a piece of jewellery. The pattern of the chair’s seat gives a beautiful shade.

Sorrento, Italy

Here I met an old man with a white cap. The man has a characteristic profile, emitting strength. He holds his hands together. I keep looking at his old hands. It gives me the special feeling, which the French literary critic and philosopher Barthes(1) named “punctum”. I’m fascinated and my imagination tells me that this old man has a long and exciting life story to tell us. The picture seems to be filled with wisdom.

Henryk & Andżelika.

My eye is caught by a very light and positive picture. An old man with tattooes holds a girl with a scarf nicely arranged up in his arms. I’m told that he is usually watching over the small children in the neighbourhood. I see the child’s joy of life and the man’s experience and ability of taking good care.

Man & Plane.

An elegant picture, fine lines and smooth surfaces. Contrasting in an exciting way with the man’s creased clothes. Very interesting composition.

Silesian Songs, old town Gliwice.

Three boys, about twelve, are looking up, meeting the eye of the photographer.
The interesting thing here is that I find three completely different facial expressions. One boy seems curious, the other just happy and the third has a tougher, somewhat questioning expression on his face. Maybe totally different personalities?

The exhibition of Marcin is interesting, beautiful and conveys a warm feeling. I have found many favourites among the photographs and here I only share a small part of the total exhibition.Thank you Marcin for letting us meet the people you have met! Welcome back to us and to our photo gallery. Next stop Warsaw for me.

Warm greetings from Ulla – exhibition group,
Uppsala Fotografiska Sällskap UFS

(1)French literary critic, literary and social theorist, philosopher, and semiotician.


marcin said...

thank you so much Ulla, for the exhibition and for this text, big hugs

F said...

Ulla, this is the best post ever on this blog! Thanks for taking your time and writing about this fabolous Polish dude, that we all love!
- Abeku

F said...

Very good text Ulla
Thx for sharing!


F said...

You make even harder to know that one didn't have the possibility to go to that exhibition. / F.

F said...

Thank you Ulla -- Marcin's eye has been treasured by so many of us for so long, it is wonderful to know that more and more people are seeing the same magic.


F said...

Great post ulla! Too bad I couldnt come and see that fine exhibition.