(voy-teck) Gil was born and raised in Poland but his artistic
landscape is the light and life of Los Angeles and Chicago, particularly
the social life of the street. Through his work he attempts
to unmask his surroundings and capture them in their essence
as only a camera can reveal it. Although there are many smiling
faces filling the lens in Wojtek's portfolio, he prefers to
capture people devoured by the subway at rush hour, exhausted
figures of street workers, physical and mental prostration of
the homeless and the beauty that resides in the moment, however
ugly its emotional underpinning or social interpretation.
fruit of this perception is Faces of the City, the working title
of a project in which Wojtek uses photography to tell the story
of people who are part of the fabric of our lives. The idea is to
create a book in which photos and text weave a narrative that connects
their lives, hopes and dreams with our own. The aim is to change
or enhance the social perspective of at least one person. "I believe
that this world is more interesting when stripped from any conventional
masks it is used to hide behind", says Wojtek.
The essence of his art resides not only in the most acute observation
of life but in painstaking attention to detail at every stage of
the creative process from composition to final print. In Wojtek's
photography the camera blends life, art and technology into a truly
exciting body of work.
Since he always carries his camera, he decided to use it as a tool
in his every day communication with the world and create a simple
photo diary of random things and situations he encounters during
the day. To see the fruits of that work go to his Shot
of the Day site.
you'd like to contact Wojtek, feel free to email him at: photo(at)wojtekgil.com
You may also call him at 1.773.609.4029 in
the US or +48.22.256.2142 in Poland.