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Photography by Olga Wysopal

Jun 22, 2017

Olga is a young Polish art student who creates wonderful visual stories with an incredible minimalist approach. The purity and simplicity of her compositions are marvelous. By reducing the images to their substance, Olga cleverly extracts the emotions of her sitters and locations, developing in this way stories that are truthful, thoughtful and pleasantly aesthetic.

 

Following we present a nice interview that we had with Olga:

 

am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

OW - I am Olga Wysopal 26 years old, Art and media student. I’ve lived in Cracow, Poland since I was born, I love this city but I wish it had an access to the sea ;) Last month I closed two big projects - noise and materia botanica, it was pretty crazy for me, two solo photo exhibitions and one group exhibition. Currently I am working on something new - my response to the events related to the felling of trees in the last year in my country. On the one hand we have enormous problem with smog and air pollution on the other hand our government passed a law that allowed for unlimited falling of trees. Trees mean oxygen and fresh air. For this reason, many protests and demonstrations took place in Poland. At the beginning of April the bill was slightly amended.

 

am - How did you start in photography?

OW - Some members of my family are photographers - there’s no story to be told, I started when I was 10 and I can’t stop this ;) I am a kid of the ‘90s, it was the time when digital cameras revolted the world of photography. When I had my 20th birthday I bought myself my first analog camera at a flea market - Praktica PL Nova IB. I’ve found a new dimension of making pictures and since then I have been working with my patience.

 

am - What inspires your work?

OW - As I wrote before - I’ve been living in Cracow since I was born. The city is full of themes - people, environment and buildings. But I also really love to travel, the most to the sea. It calms me down and it helps me to reset my mind.

 

am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

OW - The order is not meaningful, each one is amazing.

1. Yamamoto Masao (ok. I love his gentle black and white artworks)

2. Katrien de Blauwer (she inspires me to make collages)

3. Wolfgang Tillmans (his compositions of photos are amazing)

4. Lee Friedlander

5. Frida Kahlo

 

am - What are 5 things you could absolutely not live without?

OW - I am not sure if I can answer this, I am trying really hard not to be attached to material stuff, but…

5. spotify, air and food

4. my cameras

3. music

2. ?

1. human relations and freedom

 

am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?

OW - Anywhere near the sea. (especially somewhere near the cliffs in Portugal)

 

am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?

OW -

The Swamp Rats - I’m Going Home

The Kynds - So, If Someone Sends You Flowers, Babe

Allah Las - one of my favourite bands

Yeasayer - 2080

Foxygen - Cosmic Vibrations

 

am - What’s your favourite movie?

OW - It depends on the mood, the last movie I watched & loved was Paterson - Jim Jarmush movie.

 

am - Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration and why?

OW - Beach during a storm & botanical garden.

 

am - What is your favourite photo book?

OW - The Disturbing aesthetics and perfect visual sense of Daisuke Yokota.

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