Roadside Scenes II

… it’s actually an energy thing. The energy flowing between “us”. The phenomenon of photography is the energy of light reflected from the “object” and falling “on the photographer” – a human being, living, from the point of view of the cosmos, a fraction of a second and sensitive to the surrounding world. The photographs in this exhibition are a photochemical, aesthetic response to this “hit” of reality. Empty buildings, crumbling farm barns, proving the existence of another time. Dried up, abandoned by last autumn’s leaves, tree branches which, like a theatrical scenery, cover the wall of an old building. Perception of reality “from the side” – in a fraction of a second – the destiny of photography. The PICTURE becomes important. Authentic, existing regardless of the moment of its disclosure. As if not remembering that the reason for its creation concerned a specific place and time. As if objectively existing reality was irrelevant. It didn’t last forever. Photographs do not seem to stop objects “towards eternity”. They don’t “own” them. They allow their existence to flow freely between perception and registration. The photograph seems to leave them in their places, as if they could die peacefully in their own “real” world without leaving a trace. And this, perhaps, makes these photographs unique… After all, seeing does not always mean stopping….
Wojciech Zawadzki

These are crumbling old warehouses, a shrine forgotten by people hidden somewhere in the forest. But also a decaying, lichen-like street, today and now somewhere in a Polish town. Empty photographs, recording a reality that will soon pass away, will disappear from the face of the earth, swept away by modern architecture. Nobody cares about this world anymore, it’s not worth it, after all, there’s nothing fascinating about watching a dumpster. Marcin Seweryn Andrzejewski’s roadside scenes are photographs of the dustbin of civilization. Consistent documentation of what is old, unnecessary, forgotten, destroyed and still beautiful.

But still the most important thing is the image. What was recorded suddenly took on a different meaning, a different meaning. It so happens that even the most trivial object, an ordinary stone, a collapsing wall of a house, noticed and photographed, ceases to be anonymous. It becomes something unique, chosen. The process of artistic sacralization of trivial objects is taking place. The reality, which in a moment will no longer be stopped forever. In a way, photography transfers the photographed object into another dimension, the dimension of the universe. Now the collapsing walls, lonely shrines can go into oblivion, oblivion, non-existence. After all, these objects will exist – with a different life and in a different space. But they will.

Maj 2002, Konfrontacje Fotograficzne, Mała Galeria GTF, Gorzów Wlkp

Październik 2002, Galeria Browar, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski

Lipiec – Sierpień 2003, Galeria Korytarz, Jelenia Góra

Czerwiec 2004 – Galeria Light Zone, Groninge, Holandia

Październik 2005 – Galeria ARP, Wrocław