Interview by Christian Hillengaß
Some general information about you: Where are you from? How old are you? What are you doing if you don’t take photographs? Since when are you into photography?
I live in Poland in a beautiful rural place. I am 28 years old. When I’m not photographing I’m most likely working, reading or decorating my new home.
The first time that I picked up a camera (with film loaded inside) I was fifteen, it was my father’s old camera and I was completely fascinated by it. I would only take black and white photographs then, something I almost never do now.
Some of my earliest memories as a little child are connected to photography. For instance when I was five of so I remember playing with a Smena, I pretended to be photographing butterflies at the meadow behind our house. It is one of my fondest memories, I still can see those imaginary photographs that I “took” then.
What does „Nishe“ mean? In general and to you?
“Nishe”, I created it for the way it sounds, soft and whispery. At that time I didn’t want to use my real name and preferred to remain anonymous.
In my view, your pictures are in contrast to a modern neon-pop-world, in contrast to a fast industrial-globalised world. Is your photography a silent protest against a noisy world? A kind of escape?
My photographs show what touches me deeply, they are a longing for the past, a way for me to go back in time and live in another world. They are an escape from reality. I create worlds that are moulded from reality, but their essence is always a fantasy.
They are also my way of connecting to others, showing them how I see the world, where my imagination takes me. I’ve always been a recluse, spending a lot of time alone thinking, imagining things, creating stories. I have a sentiment for the past where imagination played an important role.
The modern, or the real world, is driven by consumption of all kinds, consumption of goods, news, exciting experiences, love. I find that the neon-pop culture is just a way to sell more, consume faster until we are left with nothing that lasts.
Or is there another philosophy behind? Do you intend something with it at all?
My intent is to quietly connect to the viewer, to speak to them in a myriad of subtle ways. I find that some people “speak the same language” as I do and identify with my art or that it moves them.
Are you dreaming about an other world?
Not only dreaming but creating them.
Why photography (and not painting)?
Since I can remember I’ve been looking at the world around me and seeing so much beauty. I’ve always wanted to save them by photographing them. Photography came to me naturally, I’ve always been fascinated by the camera and the possibility to record my daydreaming.
I abandoned painting and drawing for photography years ago. Recently I’ve decided to go back to both.
Are you inspired by 19.century, prerafaelite, symbolistic painting (e.g. Burne Jones, Waterhouse, Millais etc..)? And if so, why?
Yes, almost everything about prerafaelite paintings speaks to me, the way subjects are portrayed, the choice of subjects, how their emotions are captured, the mystery, hidden meanings, love for nature. I especially love Millais paintings of Sophie Gray, her coming of age, the untold stories I can see in her eyes.
Although you seem to be very busy in the digital world (digital photography, facebook, homepage, blog etc.) your Artwork and your attitude seems to be „analog“. Is this a conflict to you?
It isn’t, I perceive the internet as a channel of communication and it is the content that matters to me. I am thankful that I can speak through my art to the kind people who choose to follow my work on websites such a facebook, flickr or tumblr. I’ve met exceptional, beautiful souls through the internet from around the world whom I’d never be able to meet otherwise.
Digital cameras are just tools, it’s the vision, the story that is important. However I do prefer to shoot on film and instant film, because of the quality (the texture, tonality, colours). Analog techniques fit better with my seeing of the world.
Is the internet the only place you epxose your work?
Mostly, yes. Some of my works have been included in publications such a magazines and appeared on book covers.