With violence and pornography as sources of inspiration, the Polish artist Pawel Tkaczyk act shamelessly, without scruples and compromises, to register the reality by playing with personal confrontation, testing boundaries and breaking rules – all for his personal use.
Pawel often composes his own reality by manipulating and inventing extreme situations, and later invite people to participate. Pawel explains:
”I interfere with a situation, add elements to a picture until it completely satisfy me. Usually I hunt at night – people are more real, more free, they do not pretend and are beyond the control of the day. I photograph life and everything that surrounds me. I confront the reality and try to identify and understand myself; there is no randomness in my approach to photography.”
”I photograph people who are not always aware of it. I register the reality for personal use. I act shamelessly, without scruples and compromises. I do not care if someone feels unpleasant or uncomfortable. Taking pictures of a man means a confrontation. I do it for myself and reception is of secondary importance. I like to watch violence and pornography.”
”You always need rules, but sometimes, you try to break them. It is like hitting your fist with full force into the wall – to see how much it hurts and if it left a mark”