Aleksandra Baraniecka is a photographer based in Poland with a minimalist aesthetic and an amazing eye for detail; a great combination…
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you first got started in photography.
I’m 32 years old and I live in a city in the middle of Poland. My artistic interests were hidden and unexplored and I chose to study the humanities (Sociology). I started to take photos because my then boyfriend, now husband was very passionate about it. We travelled together, trying to capture passing moments, each in our own unique way. One thing I can tell for sure, is that those travels shaped me into who I am now artistically, giving me many occasions to think about photography, capture unique frames and develop my style. As Susan Sontag once said, “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”.
Your style is quite minimalist; where do you draw your inspiration from and how has that influenced your style?
Inspiration lies everywhere. I adore the minimalist, slightly dark style of Todd Hido but also the colourful world of William Eggleston. Looking at the photographs by Stephen Shore brings calamity into my heart while, at the same time, I admire the master of street photography Joel Meyerowitz. They all bring various pieces of inspiration that I try to reforge into my own style. It is a process of constant evolution. My style used to look like that, I photographed everything and everyone, but only recently have I started to do it in a very specific way. I want to make my photographs in unique and minimalist form, because it feels closest to my sense of taste.
Which single image are you most proud of and why?
It is a very difficult question because I am very critical of my works, and it is hard to be the judge in your own case. At some periods of my life, one image gets more love, while others not so much – and then it changes by 180 degrees; it feels like a rollercoaster sometimes. However, it would be one picture that I took in a small Spanish town which served as a portal through which I began my adventure with minimalist photography and finally started to create my own style.
What would be your dream photographic assignment?
For now, I cannot think of one. I do not like to think about photography as an assignment; for me it is a constant process of spontaneous creation, trying to find precious details that can create unique images. I can think of some places that I would like to explore and look at modern urban buildings and objects – in those environments, I shape my work.
What is next for you? Are you working on any projects that you can tell us about?
Recently I started to rediscover my interest in drawing so I intend to mix these two passions. I hope that I can do this on my own, but I also have so many talented friends that collaborating with them would be a very interesting possibility. I like mixed techniques, like collages that I make with my photos, so perhaps they will also see the light of day.
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