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Portrait Of Trees

The series was taken in Berkshire Parks, England. Every photo was made with IR filter, with long exposure within 300 to 600 seconds, and during strong wind.

I�ve always been fascinated by landscapes � places that are absolutely desolate, where I can stay one on one with nature. For me, the growing joy right before pressing the shutter button as well as the possibility of interacting with the world filled with inspiration is as important as the creative act itself. This initial fascination has rapidly grown into obsession that eventually took control over my life.

Since the beginning of my adventure with photography, every landscape has been an unforgettable experience, thanks to which I�ve learned how to interpret light � the single most important (and the single most waited for) factor that shapes my images. On the other hand, lighting is directly connected with another key element of photography � luck. Proper weather, interesting cloud patterns or even a couple of sunrays breaking through the clouds, have many times decided that after a couple of failed attempts I was able to reach a satisfactory effect the moment nature displayed her most unpredictable face.

Lately, my interests widened to cityscapes, where I pursue qualities characteristic to nature � harmony and peace. As it is getting harder to find traits like that in our more and more hectic world, while taking pictures in the biggest European cities I had to develop the most important virtue of a photographer � patience. That is one of the reasons why there are usually no people (or only their silhouettes) on most of my photographs. But such character of my work is also a result of other factor. Whereas taking pictures with the main focus on a person involves emotions that are relatively easy to define, depicting an empty street or portraying pulsing nature usually requires qualitatively different feelings that have to fill in for the missing elements, thus making such photograph something more than a simple document.

Awards 2012 - Photographer of the Year in the Special category, International Photography Awards (IPA), USA.
2012 - 1st place, Night Photography category, International Photography Awards (IPA), USA.
2011 - 1st place, Cityscapes category, International Photography Awards (IPA), USA.
2010 - 1st place, Nature Trees category, International Photography Awards (IPA), USA.
2010 - Hei Ming Prize, International Filter Photo Contest 2008-2009, Japan.
2010 - 3rd place, Nature Trees category, PX3, Paris, France.
2009 - Grand Prize winner, Image International Photo Life contest, Canada.
2009 - 1st place, Landscape category, Fotopolis contest, Poland.
2008 - Lucie Awards Nominee, Discovery of the Year: Finalist. New York, USA.
2008 - IPA Architectural Photographer of the Year 2008. Los Angeles, USA.
2008 - 1st place, Historic Architecture category, International Photography Awards (IPA), USA.
2007 - 1st place, Architecture & Urban Sight, VIPC2007, Venice, Italy.
2007 - VIPC Best Young Photographer, Venice, Italy.
2006 - Grand Prix, Czestochowa, Poland.