Maciek Stępiński, Sans Titre, 2007, lambda, dibond plexi, 80x80cm
I’m much influenced by Duchamp’s theory, which underlined the important part of chance as a decisive factor in the creative process. And this is photographic thinking. You might even be tempted to make the assertion that to take pictures is to deal with ready-mades. The very important part played by chance and error you may find also in my “Sclerosis” project, some sort of a ready-mades collection. The neon – “Idea” was the opening object of the exhibition in the Leto Gallery, Warsaw. The work consists of a single word “ideal, but the last letter was “broken” and didn’t come on properly.
Maciek Stępiński, Sclerosis, LETO gallery, Warsaw (installation view) 2009
Fblog: You keep interfering in the photograph, the film or the canvas. In photography you act like a pictorialist – in the terms of Jan Bulhak, but maybe also in the terms of Alfred Stieglitz. You attach great importance to the print, and before showing it of to the world you keep working with it “post factum”.
But techniques and technologies (their pros and cons) that’s the final touch. A cibachrome print will look good only if the chrome is well exposed. It’s not as much of a change as, for example, in HDR where the final outcome differs substantially from the original. In the case of “Warsaw City Tennis Clubs” it’s rather the reverse.
As far as comparison is concerned, I can’t make one regarding education, because I have never studied photography in Poland. Regarding the level photographic education in our country, I get information from friends who teach in Lodz in the “Filmschool” or from students from Lodz, Poznan, or from my students from the Academy of Photography in Warsaw and Cracow. The level of lectures and the equipement used during workshops unquestionably matches that of the top european schools. The difference I see, might lie in the motivation for undertaking such studies.