HEAVE AWAY | Janek Zamoyski
The exhibition depicts a sea journey from Spain to South America, almost following the Trail of Columbus’s 2nd expedition to the New World. The display is comprised of 21 photographs taken over the course of a 21-day long ocean cruise, which show waves or rather their typology.
The subject doesn’t play the main part here. I focus on the theoretical and aesthetical assumptions, in a way autonomous in relation to the depicted reality. The works are continuation of a discourse between an individual and contemporary photography. Formally, aesthetics, being also the content, is the focal point of the collection and is an attempt to describethe modern aesthetics in a broader light. I further carry out my research on the blurred line between photography and painting. The theme is secondary albeit still quite relevant. I am not drawn to contextual critique of the reality, which then is translated into the visual language. My intention is not to create art but to find it, notice it, grasp it.
Experiencing the ocean and the distance responds to those requirements. Thematically, the presented reality has been heavily reduced, through which the reality can be shown fully, typologically but still in a general perspective. A deep and overtaking experience of sailing the ocean for the very first time on a greater scale is an essential part of the project. I don’t stop to work with the digital image – it’s not the primal cell phone model aesthetics, as it happened in case of the previous project. I turn to a professional cult 5D Mark II DSLR. The main motif here is structure, light and color.
You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. The exhibition speaks of the search of new ideas, resignation from the established forms as well as freedom and open-mindedness. The ocean is infinite, live, floating, constantly changing its surface, yet remains coherent in spite of its diversity.
The exhibition in the official section of Photoespana 2015, Madrid