Moments I Never Showed You

 

NATALIA PONIATOWSKA
PHOTOGRAPHY- GSA ‘18

Moving away from her usual themes of homesickness and nostalgia, Natalia Poniatowska’s degree show work, Moments I Never Showed You, focuses on the spontaneity of capturing observed moments- essentially, photography at its roots. A deceptively simple task, Natalia’s style and eye for beauty in these fleeting moments show off her skill and sensitivity.

“For many years of being a natural picture maker and taking photographs of whatever caught my attention, I’ve noticed that people became a part of the landscape I create. Observing, sitting, relaxing. The images place the figure in surroundings that complement simultaneously two conditions – being and looking. This project focuses on my observations but also raises wider questions about photography as a medium and the act of observation itself. It is an attempt to look at my practice and question my selection of images in which unexpected connections and conversations can occur between images.

The body of work includes an animated scan of 35mm black and white negative. As some images remind me of either smell, sound or movement, I wanted to bring this photograph back to life by moving selected still elements.

This project has been shot in several countries, mostly outdoors, and shows places I don’t belong to and people I never got to meet, and as such, it is a departure from previous work that had nostalgia, homesickness and belonging at its heart. This project accepts personal and visual encounters that speak of a connection that is grounded in the photographic composition- it is a pause in the flow of time: fleeting. These images create questions and allow me to evoke the conditions that occurred during the moment of taking the picture again”.

Natalia has had the opportunity to display her works in various locations (Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh, 12 Star Gallery London, ARCHIP Prague, citizenM Glasgow, House for An Art Lovers Glasgow, ORMS Cape Town, Pingyao International Photography Festival China).

She has also won DEBUTS 2018, been a finalist of Grand Press Photo 2018, and a runner-up of the British Journal of Photography 2017.

Swinging between digital and analogue photography, still and moving image, Natalia explores the potential ground that exists between fine art and documentary photography. Drawing inspiration from the great interest in the modern, dynamic art scene but also from her personal experiences, she believes in the great power images have in conveying emotions, truths and challenges of modern reality.

For more information, visit her website npaphotography.com and follow her @natalia.npa.