Photographer in search of a story

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By Lars - 6 min read. In his photos, Tomasz Kulbowski kulbowski pays close attention to composition, creating masterfully arranged photos of everyday life. That sentence is the shortest way to explain my work, and so I find myself using it quite often.

I have always been interested in looking at the world through the viewfinder, but I began to do it more consciously when I moved to London around ten years ago. There, I began using photography as a way to explore my new surroundings and it quickly became an obsession….

In what way? I was shooting daily, for several years, creating an endless stream of photos. At some point, I started reading more about photography to gain confidence and control over the creative process.

That got me interested in documenting everyday life, public space and our interaction with it — and I kept doing it, even when I eventually moved to Australia and then to Poland. By Tomasz Kulbowski. How do you find the moments you capture?

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That is the essence of photography: to be in the right place at the right time. With time and practice you can up to some point predict where you should place yourself, even before a scene develops into something worth shooting. You create the conditions and wait for something to happen.

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This picture of yours is a great example of what you just said: By positioning yourself in a good spot, you have managed to include three different layers: Foreground, middleground, background. Do you think about composition in those terms? In this particular case, I had a general idea of what I wanted to achieve once I had arrived at this location.

I knew I wanted to align the ground with the horizon, I had already seen some action on the right side of the frame, so I needed someone to fill in the left side. And I was looking for another element in the center of the frame as well. I was shooting against the sun, so I knew I would get the dark silhouettes and hardly any details. When I see some sort of alignment, connection, or repetition, I try to connect all those planes into one compressed scene.

On the other hand I really enjoy taking simple, minimalistic shots as well. It all depends on the context and your goal. I want to stay open to whatever comes my way. This photo also uses an interesting perspective; one that takes a while to figure out. I like to consider the overall area of the shot, the many elements in it, and at the same time be aware of the details. What do you mean? The surrounding creates a context, but the context itself is nothing interesting. Only once you locate the real subject, something that defines or organizes the context, you have a frame.

A documentarian mainly observes, but a photographer introduces their own perspective. How to you strike the balance between watching and telling a story? Interesting question!

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There are so many variables at play, including our own sensibilities, personality, and approach. After all, photography is not the truth…. What is it then? It something that looks like the truth, or an interpretation of it.

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I believe in the importance of creating and sharing honest, not misleading and morally correct stories, not only in photography. Tomasz Kulbowski kulbowski is a photographer based in Lublin, Poland.

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He also teaches photography workshops in different countries and runs the Eastreet Initiative, an exhibition and publication dedicated to street photography from Eastern Europe. All photos on this are by him. By Ellen Clipson - 4 min read. By Ellen Clipson - 3 min read.

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