Body - NOMINEE: Alicja Brodowicz
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Visual Exercises. A Series of Diptychs (2018).
“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.”
I photograph the human body – the microcosm.
Its’ fragments: hair, scars, texture of skin, wrinkles.
I am interested in individual particularities; I look for distinguishing features and irregularities. Imperfections are my favourites.
I photograph nature – the macrocosm.
Surface of water, grass, tree bark, dry leaves.
I combine the two images, looking for converging lines, textures, similarities in layout and analogies in composition between the microcosm and the macrocosm. I look for unity between the human body and the nature.
The series of photos is the visual re-enactment of my ever-increasing desire of being close to nature. The older I grow, the more intense this desire is. It is also the expression of my growing concern for the environment and the human impact on it. By combining images of the human body and elements of nature I am trying to show that we are inter-connected and that our separate existence is impossible.
Alicja Brodowicz – born in Kraków, Poland.
Graduate of the Faculty of English Literature at Universiteit Utrecht (the Netherlands). Translator by profession.
3rd year student at the Institute of Creative Photography at the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic.
Finalist and laureate of multiple photography competitions (e.g. IRIS Award (Australia), Photography Annual Awards (Czech Republic), International Photography Awards (2013, honourable mention), B&W Child Photo Competition, International Photography Awards (2015, honourable mention), 7th Julia Margaret Cameron competition for women photographers (2015)).