Janusz Wrobel - An Aqueous Mind – Exhibition at Burlington Art Gallery 2016/2017

I didn’t choose the place and time of my birth, but the consequences influenced my life. Neither did I pick a tool; I stumbled upon it accidentally in my young, formative years. It helped me manage and slow down my otherwise distracted and racing mind. Taking a photograph forced me to think much harder about what I was looking at. The high cost of materials and long darkroom hours motivated me to better synthesize my views before I “clicked.” Unaware then, I adopted a process that gradually shaped how I view things and communicate about them. Quite possibly, I do it better in visual language than the written one. Consequently, English, my fourth spoken language, remains a work in progress.

In my University years, I joined a few pears with similar trade of visual perception. We formed the Student Photographic Agency to interpret the changing world around us. Apparently, being recognized in this capacity, we worked at International Jazz, Open Theater Festivals, and World Triennial of Drawing. The chance to encounter many creative individuals from around the world and their work, interpreting them through my medium, was undoubtedly influential. Working as a team with my colleagues on our joint exhibition projects at home and abroad made me aware of how this cooperation amplified our individual creativity.

Creativity, an interesting trade of the human mind, a way too often interpreted as an exclusive domain of arts. I see it as abilities to find a meaningful connection between otherwise randomly scattered dots. I would like to think that I used it also while applying the medium of photography to scientific or commercial applications. Consequently, I managed to start four enterprises offering previously unavailable products and services. Along with it, many people had an opportunity to learn and make a living.

I see now my life and everything around it as continuously evolving processes. The outcome always matters to me regardless of historical, political, and cultural starting points. In the last two decades, the interaction process between the natural biosphere and human ecology has been a subject of my main interest. The cultural changes in our society made exhibiting my work in public and private galleries no longer attainable. However, my focus has not changed as the need to communicate it.

Janusz Wrobel in his Hillcrest Studio
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