Photographer's Note

"If your picture is not good enough, you haven't been close enough" (R.Capa.)


Photographing people.

How close can you get. What to do to get close. How close is close enough.
Is there any comfort buffer zone. Do they trust you.
Are they aware of you taking pictures of them?
Is that Cyclops's shiny eye right into their faces good for creating an intimate portrait, or a more distancing, long barrel of your extended zoom lens is the proper tool?

Photographing people!

The most sophisticated nature's photography that exists. The most unexpected results. It's like playing Russian roulette.
You'll never know when the gun will fire up.
Here I Am. A lost idiot in the ocean of questions and after all these years - with no answers to them.
Just trying helplessly to photograph the people's thoughts.

Fotopan HL - the most dreadful film ever produced.
But if you were lucky enough - and, after standing in queue for few hours - you could actually buy it.
Reality of my country in 1980.


Copyright: George Grabarczyk (Polonaise) (18354)
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Possibly - the most painful finger cutting off in the history of photography (?)


A series made in 1980, upon permission granted by Pomeranian Medical Academy.

It was truly unlimited access permission and I was more than happy to leave a part of my heart in there as well as a pile of photographs to be displayed within the facilities of the Academy for the next few years.

The permission was an award for winning one of the photographic competitions in the city of Szczecin, Poland.
My stay at the hospital totaled ab. 12 hours, within two days. Only 30% of the negatives survived my defection from communist (back then) Poland.
About 15 photographs were uploaded to TE within three years period (only those compatible with the TOS regulations - that is)
All of them were deleted from TE by moderator on Dec. 14 2008, never to be re-activated (so far).


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