Presents a picture of the modern metropolis - and in it, individuals, inwardly silent, deep in thought, alienated. This is his fourth, and latest, photographic exhibition ( "In A Bubble") - "The most moving street scenes for me are those of alienation. The moment of total immersion in one's own world, without any interaction with the environment, with no involvement in anything outside oneself. Somebody is walking. Someone is standing. Someone is running" says Maciejewski.

 

   The author stresses that he is only a silent witness to the event, an observer watching the surrounding reality from a distance. The world, which he presents this time is different from the one previously portrayed. There are no main characters in the foreground, as in the portraits of the homeless ("Sami"/"Lonely") or "people of the street", neither are there the emotional images of New York's Harlem ("Vanishing Harlem"). People, in order to survive, no longer have to fight the urban jungle ("Urban Jungle"). They are simply living in it. Existing. Instead of clutter and glamour, we see the cityscape more terse, tightly structured, in which the person is more like the padding. He is not the key element in the city, but simply is. - "It is widely accepted that the photos that show people involved and present usually interests as the most. Perhaps. But what about absence and alienation? It is not true that the bulk of life we spend alone with ourselves? We are experiencing our defeats and hopes primarily in our own thoughts. Capturing the moments when that happens excites me the most"- emphasises the artist.

   Maciejewski, instead of storytelling, prefers single images. He builds a scene which is only a flash in a long story, in order to capture this moment in time.

 

   Often he emphasises how important is his photography from New York City. In particular purist Manhattan with its clean, hygienic, sublime and orderly form, but also Brooklyn, more dispassionate, with factories and full of contradictions. - "In New York, fantasy is mixed with reality, fiction with truth, ambitions with infinite challenge. New York is not a place, it is rather a concept" he claims. But the images that we see, are in many cases universal. If we had no descriptions, we would not know whether they were taken in Berlin, Warsaw or in New York. Just like the shot of a sleeping woman whose reflection we see in the glass, or the man sitting in a bar, just behind the window frame.

   Thanks to self-observation, Bartosz Maciejewski learned to see and understand another human being. This human being is the primary and certainly the most important theme in his work. The forms in his images are of different ages, have different skin color, and are of different origin.

 

   The artist portrays these humans sometimes unusually and atypically, from different angles, sometimes in an impressive way and sometimes on the contrary. He is not afraid to show ugliness and in addition, makes it an asset, gives it beauty, everything inside is just the right way. Emotions shown by the heroes in the images as well as those that are roused in the viewers are very important for him. Sometimes his photographs evoke sympathy, sorrow, reverie, but sometimes laughter or amusement. Thanks to them, we see the author's penetrating gaze, the mastery of observation and artistic resources that are used to achieve this effect. One of the most important topics in the photos of Bartosz Maciejewski is a city, but not any. It is a city in which there is contained the idea of a total metropolis, the city in general.

 

  Looking at these photographs, we can hear the noise of the traffic, confusion, pistons, many forms in various styles, coming here from all over the world. As in New York, for example. Huge skyscrapers, attacking us from different sides. Because it is the center of the world’ New York in its own right. Shown in a distorted mirror, literally, for example.

   Times Square NYC, with the frame of a limousine stretched almost the entire width of it. Another unique photo is also one of the streets of New York with the main traffic light hanging over the street. Here is a more ascetic form, harking back to old photos of NYC, with one exception - in a black/white composition there is an element of modernity, the green light at the intersection. I am a big fan of the formal aspect of these photographs, I agree with their contrast, composition, bright colors or application in a range of monochromes. These photos are very eye-catching, perhaps even more for me - a professional painter and also a photographer. They speak to me in many various ways and on many levels, sometimes they inspire me to take action. For sure, I can recommend these pieces as positive, mature and penetrating art.

Justyna Jułga

   Art photographer. His field is in artistic photography, press, business and fashion. The main theme of his pictures is a big city and the human being in it. He cooperates with several national publications.

 

   He is the author of four exhibitions. The first is SAMI which presents several portraits depicting the lonely, the homeless of New York, New Jersey, Liverpool, Warsaw and Dublin. The second, ZNIKAJĄCY HARLEM (Instytut Reportażu), presents a contemporary picture of New York's Harlem, the district which goes through etnic and cultural evolution. Third, URBAN JUNGLE (Rabbithole Art Room) shows surrealistic view on contemporary urban jungle in which human being and a city are two separate, pararel worlds. The latest exhibition IN A BUBBLE (Instytut Reportażu/ Galeria Borowski) presents a picture of the modern metropolis - and in it, individuals, inwardly silent, deep in thought, alienated.

   Bartosz Maciejewski is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw. He studied Public Relations at Holmes Institute in Melbourne. He is 43 years old and lives in Warsaw.

 

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Bartosz Maciejewski

 

  Art photographer. His field is in artistic photography, press, business and fashion. The main theme of his pictures is a big city and the human being in it. He cooperates with several national publications.

 

  He is the author of four exhibitions. The first is SAMI which presents several portraits depicting the lonely, the homeless of New York, New Jersey, Liverpool, Warsaw and Dublin. The second, ZNIKAJĄCY HARLEM (Instytut Reportażu), presents a contemporary picture of New York's Harlem, the district which goes through etnic and cultural evolution. Third, URBAN JUNGLE (Rabbithole Art Room) shows surrealistic view on contemporary urban jungle in which human being and a city are two separate, pararel worlds. The latest exhibition IN A BUBBLE (Instytut Reportażu/ Galeria Borowski) presents a picture of the modern metropolis - and in it, individuals, inwardly silent, deep in thought, alienated.

 

Bartosz Maciejewski is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw. He studied Public Relations at Holmes Institute in Melbourne. He is 43 years old and lives in Warsaw.

 

 

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   Thanks to self-observation, Bartosz Maciejewski learned to see and understand another human being. This human being is the primary and certainly the most important theme in his work. The forms in his images are of different ages, have different skin color, and are of different origin. The artist portrays these humans sometimes unusually and atypically, from different angles, sometimes in an impressive way and sometimes on the contrary. He is not afraid to show ugliness and in addition, makes it an asset, gives it beauty, everything inside is just the right way. Emotions shown by the heroes in the images as well as those that are roused in the viewers are very important for him. Sometimes his photographs evoke sympathy, sorrow, reverie, but sometimes laughter or amusement. Thanks to them, we see the author's penetrating gaze, the mastery of observation and artistic resources that are used to achieve this effect.

 

   One of the most important topics in the photos of Bartosz Maciejewski is a city, but not any. It is a city in which there is contained the idea of a total metropolis, the city in general. Looking at these photographs, we can hear the noise of the traffic, confusion, pistons, many forms in various styles, coming here from all over the world. As in New York, for example. Huge skyscrapers, attacking us from different sides. Because it is the center of the world’ New York in its own right. Shown in a distorted mirror, literally, for example. Times Square NYC, with the frame of a limousine stretched almost the entire width of it. Another unique photo is also one of the streets of New York with the main traffic light hanging over the street. Here is a more ascetic form, harking back to old photos of NYC, with one exception - in a black/white composition there is an element of modernity, the green light at the intersection. I am a big fan of the formal aspect of these photographs, I agree with their contrast, composition, bright colors or application in a range of monochromes. These photos are very eye-catching, perhaps even more for me - a professional painter and also a photographer. They speak to me in many various ways and on many levels, sometimes they inspire me to take action. For sure, I can recommend these pieces as positive, mature and penetrating art.

Justyna Jułga

exhibition  -  in a bubble

 

  Bartosz Maciejewski presents a picture of the modern metropolis - and in it, individuals, inwardly silent, deep in thought, alienated. This is his fourth, and latest, photographic exhibition ( "In A Bubble") - "The most moving street scenes for me are those of alienation. The moment of total immersion in one's own world, without any interaction with the environment, with no involvement in anything outside oneself. Somebody is walking. Someone is standing. Someone is running" says Maciejewski.

 

  The author stresses that he is only a silent witness to the event, an observer watching the surrounding reality from a distance. The world, which he presents this time is different from the one previously portrayed. There are no main characters in the foreground, as in the portraits of the homeless ("Sami"/"Lonely") or "people of the street", neither are there the emotional images of New York's Harlem ("Vanishing Harlem"). People, in order to survive, no longer have to fight the urban jungle ("Urban Jungle"). They are simply living in it. Existing. Instead of clutter and glamour, we see the cityscape more terse, tightly structured, in which the person is more like the padding. He is not the key element in the city, but simply is. - "It is widely accepted that the photos that show people involved and present usually interests as the most. Perhaps. But what about absence and alienation? It is not true that the bulk of life we spend alone with ourselves? We are experiencing our defeats and hopes primarily in our own thoughts. Capturing the moments when that happens excites me the most"- emphasises the artist.

 

  Maciejewski, instead of storytelling, prefers single images. He builds a scene which is only a flash in a long story, in order to capture this moment in time.

 

  Often he emphasises how important is his photography from New York City. In particular purist Manhattan with its clean, hygienic, sublime and orderly form, but also Brooklyn, more dispassionate, with factories and full of contradictions. - "In New York, fantasy is mixed with reality, fiction with truth, ambitions with infinite challenge. New York is not a place, it is rather a concept" he claims. But the images that we see, are in many cases universal. If we had no descriptions, we would not know whether they were taken in Berlin, Warsaw or in New York. Just like the shot of a sleeping woman whose reflection we see in the glass, or the man sitting in a bar, just behind the window frame.

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