Photo © Pawel Pilch
I came to Monument Valley in Arizona with no idea what to expect and maybe little skeptical. You know...Hollywood. Two days later, feeling like a true explorer discovering uncharted territory, I left this desert landscape, where rock is sculpted and dead trees talk, speechless and inspired. Hoping only to come back. It's grand and very intimate, distant and warm, seductive and aloof. All at the same time.
Pawel Pilch UNITED STATES
Pawel was born in Southern Poland and lives in New York City. He studied English at Hunter College and trained at the International Center of Photography. He travels across the United States actively perusing photography with the intension to use his images as a creative form of expression. You can find his images at http://www.pilchphotography.com
"As a kid growing up in Poland in the 80's with the Iron Curtain still firmly in place, I vividly remember typical small town's visual palette. Heavy with history and grounded in tradition, restricted by guidelines, solid and never changing. Running through the streets I always thought the scene needed some tension. At the time Polish School of Poster Art became prominent creative outlet for graphic designers and painters across Central and Eastern Europe. Commissioned by the government posters were regularly printed and distributed across the country. Delivering the intended official message with sharp precision, were also (with just few lines and strong colors) creating optical focus and visually disrupting the status quo. I remember various walls of my town littered with large print playbills and posters. From socialist propaganda to latest movies and everything else in-between. Blurring the lines between design and art, very graphic in style with clear linear quality and bold colors, trying to convey information in the most basic way. They always got my attention and asked to be decoded, and I always took the challenge. Maybe that's way to this day I continue to look 'out there' for the simplest lines and primary shades, trying to focus my perception, eliminate peripheral distraction and reduce what I see to it's most basic visual elements. Hoping I can play my childhood game once more and see clearly again."
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