Pawel Kucharski surrenders his spare time and his passion to his exquisite hobby: photography. A seeker of fleeting moments, trying to grasp what he considers to be transient, ephemeral: light, mood and atmosphere. His artistry is self-taught, the result of hours and hours spent reading books, shifting through advice found on photographic internet portals analyzing thousands of photographs and consulting with friends that have the same passion.
Besides being featured in FotoKurier, Digital Camera World and National Geographic, Kucharski has received recognition in several international competitions concerning photography, such as the Gold Medal and an Honorable Mention at the German International DVF - Photocup 2013, the Silver Medal at Khayyam International Exhibition of Photography 2013 (Iran), 21 FAF Bronze Medal at 2 Salon Internacional Federacion Argentina de Fotografia (Argentina) and many others.
The artist lives in Opole, Poland, but has a far-reaching objective: to make people see the moments captured in his photographs, while understanding what he set out to convey through them. Lingering in front of the photos, while being caught by memories and associations seems to be a natural step in this direction. In other words, Mr. Kucharski seems to have set out to apply filters, feelings and dedication to make sure that people who see his work, also understand the meaning behind it.
Let’s take his landscape photographs that use fields as a motif. Regarding the background of the project, Pawel Kucharski explains: "I’ve had the opportunity to visit those beautiful regions several times before, so I knew what to expect. I am thinking mainly themes that you can find there. This very interesting line of trees is a theme that is often captured by landscape photographers. That is not surprising as the scenery is very nicely composed. A lot depends on the time of the year, crops in the fields, and of course the right light. "
The depth and the colors of the photographs might make you momentarily lose your breath. Why? Because the atmosphere of the photograph, coupled with a hint in the title, could very well trigger one of the following scenarios unfolding inside your head. You can easily imagine people hunched over in the fields, working early in the morning in The Farm. Or how fresh the grass smelled last time you went hiking. Or even how the green hills around a narrow road made you lose track of time as you were driving to your destination.
Pawel Kucharski’s photographs trigger different types of responses, pertaining to his use of light and color. Those will not be explained here. Because it is up to each and every one to experience firsthand this type of alluring invitation. It’s not only about Mr. Kucharski displaying his work. It’s a friendly and warm invitation to make associations and let emotions be stirred up, while using his photographs as the starting point. And that is, indeed, an art.
So, what is your color trigger? Or what photograph made you walk down a different lane for a short amount of time? Share it with us in the comment section below.