name: Pawel
surname: Adamiec
year of birth: 1982
country: Poland


by paweladamiec


Q1: When did you start making art?
I started characterizing much earlier than a photography (my first good photos were taken in 2009). I made the first well-designed costume in 2004 – it was a geisha outfit with accessories. My adventure with photo shooting began at 2008.

Q2: What does inspire you?
Nature mostly, it’s abundance of forms, structures, and processes. Using the patterns from the world of plants and animals, by putting them on people – hence the name of heroes of my photos – Monster Models. In second place of my inspiration I would put music. Everyday I discover more and more new musicians. Fully opening one’s mind for the sounds and trying to capture them is essential to understanding music. Movies and videos have a huge impact on me. I fully recommend Tim Burton, Ridely Scott or Hayao Miyzaki films.

Q3: What are your techniques?
I do everything by myself. Starting from the idea of the photo, with costumes, set design, make-up, hair styles, and ending at pictures. I try to use unusual materials such as wire, string, paper, and also techniques from other fields such as floristry, art or natural science. Most of the time it takes to come up with a costume. Several times I transform the creation, before it reaches its final appearance. This part of work takes a few days or even two/three weeks. Before the photo session (on the same day) I do make-up and hair – I never plan in advance how do they look. I treat faces of models as the picture surface. The preparing of the model takes about 2-3 hours. The photo session takes about 1-2 hours. The conceptual design usually differs from the final version.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I love to mix unreal emotions, fairy-tales and fashion topics with each other. This combination gives the new quality in this field, raising it to a higher level. The term “modern fairy tales” has helped me to classify what I do. In my pictures and characterizations is a lot of theatricality and unreal themes. The vision creates an outline, but I work intuitively, and it gives me a lot of freedom. I like to tell stories that cause the feelings I from childhood. For me it is a very sentimental journey. I quite enjoy making people look at regular things in a completely different light.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I can’t choose any main color, because the uniqueness of my works base on colorfulness. I like to take opulence and splendor in colors, structures or material as a visual effect. I like dynamics in photography and characterisations to create unreal characters caught up in the world’s eternal dependences. In a creative work I put on a controlled spontaneity in the choice of colors and forms, and high flexibility in the use of objects.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
My approach to work is always very critical. I would change a lot of things. This is the type of artistic development. At some point cease us to please what we were doing, because we know that could be better done. Very often I see the errors in my work. I find them in the choice of make-up, choice of emotions, poses, places or materials. I have completed over 300 projects in 4 years, so I have material to draw conclusions from.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I work as a lecturer at the Catholic University of Lublin in the Institute of Landscape Architecture. Since I am a teacher, I try to share my art-knowledge with others and hone my skills. So my plan is clear – I must focus on my PhD thesis. Also I have some new ideas for extraordinary sessions or new workshops.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Pawel Adamiec.

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
HERE The photographer’s career often begins with having to look for a model. I was lucky enough to have a beautiful sister who stood in front of my lens first, and then I was able to take photos. When the first session began she was barely 14, but even then without any preparations she showed a significant potential. It’s not just about beauty, of course. Gusina is great because she can laugh at herself. The session from photo took place in 2008, when I did not have the slightest idea about photography. My sister was a dummy on which I tries everything from make-up to hair styling. We did four sessions that day and interestingly enough, each of them still looks good, despite all these half-measures like flour used to whiten the face or rolled up socks to lift the hair. The topics were strong that when I visited our parents and showed them the effects of the work, I heard: “Stop this silly nonsense and focus on your teachers work”. Today nothing can surprise them anymore.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Many things has change in my life. My works appears at fashion magazines and journals. The biggest distinction was for me a “picture of the day” on the Vogue Italia, recommendation on Deviantart and prizes awarded in Poland for artistic work. One of my photos was published on the cover of fashion-encyclopedia Fashion Book Poland. My country becomes much more open for my kind of art. People value the creativity and understand what should relay contemporary art or fashion. I’ve started organize a photographic and make-up workshops. Together with friends we assumed FOUNDATION OF AUDIOVISUAL CULTURE and multimedia AGENCY.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Art work is a kind of therapy for me. In my work I’ve taken this kind of direction, because everyday bores me. Even as a child, I was interested more in what is unreal, and today I can off-load my longing desire through my art work. I’ve attained the whole artistic crafts during my Landscape Architecture studies. The creative process helps me to come to terms with my issues and shows me how to act to be at peace with myself.

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