The Visual Diary of Michal Brezinsky
"Brezinsky's photographs are a visual diary; an adventurous escape leading the viewer through beautiful landscapes, personal relationships and hazy ephemera. The work is nostalgic, an insight into the life of Brezinsky and those around him. Intimate and lit with the experimental qualities of analogue film. With lo-fi techniques everything is amplified - you see every grain, every light leak and every blur but Brezinski wholeheartedly celebrates the outcome. This only adds to the overall aesthetic of the photographs; whilst the equipment is rudimentary the images are far more sophisticated. It is the candid normality portrayed that is most artistically powerful. By capturing the simplest human gesture, that may seem unexpressive from the outside, and creating a poignant and palpable mood, Brezinsky captures something of the real character within a subject in a way that is rare in a professional portrait."
-Francesca Harris, Fussed Magazine
CUS: How did you get into photography?
Michal Brezinsky: When I was at University my mom bought me a digital camera. It was 2007. I started to photograph my surroundings, skating and snowboarding because I was into it. After that I started photographing fashion. In 2009, I saw photographs by Lina Scheynius and it took me totally. I then bought a film camera and started shooting in my own way.
CUS: Did you study, or are you studying, photography? If not, how did you learn?
MB: I was studying photography for 3 months but I don't really get into it. After that I started studying photography on my own.
CUS: Tell us about where you live. How does your city/country/location have an effect on your work?
MB: I was born in small city in Polish mountains. I think this area has greatly influenced my work. I love woods, hills, fields and all that is connected to living in the countryside.
CUS: What makes a good image?
MB: I don't know exactly. Lately good image for me is an image which is lightly visually, true in the transmission, fresh in the approach to the image and it should be minimalist in details. I also believe in deceptive moments.
CUS: Where do you draw inspiration from? What draws you to utilizing a "low-fi" aesthetic?
MB: I took inspiration from every day life. I know its cliche but it's how it is. Low-fi aesthetic is just like me, as my girlfriend says. I didn't choose the aesthetic but it chose me. I am little bit messy and I'm trying not to worry about things. I would not be myself if I photographed differently. I like grain and digital noise. I get bored quickly so I like experiment with light and processing.
CUS: What are your thoughts on digital vs. film photography?
MB: It's a confusing question. Film photography makes you more engaged, more focused. I prefer film photography but nowadays I am mostly using the digital camera in my mobile phone because it is always in my pocket. A good image is a good image. I'm trying not to care about equipment. I need to feel lightness while i am shooting.
CUS: How do you differentiate “art” photography and “non-art” photography?
MB: I cannot distinguish it. I separate photography to be good or bad. I don't like the word 'art' when speaking about photography.
CUS: Do you think photographs have to be seen in “the flesh” to be fully appreciated and experienced (ie in a gallery or photo book)?
MB: Yes, for sure. I am great fan of photobooks. I have a large ledge of them. Looking at photography at real life is very important. It is always a great experience.
CUS: Who is your favourite photographer or artist?
MB: This is very general. I am continually fascinated with masters of photography, mostly from new documentary in the U.S. like Eggleston or Shore. And new wave documentary photography from Europe like polish photographers Kuba Dabrowski or Rafal Milach. Also there is a lot of photographers like Lina Scheynius, Welmer Keesmaat, Quentin de Briey, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ryan Mcginley, Tim Barber. I can count all day long.
CUS: Your dream equipment/dream location to shoot?
MB: I don't care about equipment. Like they say “the best camera is the one you have with you.”. If i could choose a location I would like to take a trip though the U.S by car.
CUS: What are your plans for the summer?
MB: Me and my friends are taking a trip througout east Poland by car. Throught Bieszczady Mountains to Masurian Lake District.
CUS: Can you tell us about any upcoming exhibitions, publications, or projects?
MB: There is nothing on the horizon. I don't like to ask for anything and that's my problem. I just like to take pictures and I am always happy when someone would like to invite me to take part in an exhibition, publication, interview etc., so thank you so much for it. Nice to speak you.
Michal Brezinsky was Born in Karpacz, Poland in 1986. He works with photography and video. He has published two albumsL “Like a fish out of water” and “There is a light that never goes out”.
Brezinsky has been published in Die Zeit Magazine, Juxtapoz, Vuu collective, among others. He is a part of Walden Collective and lives and works in Wrocław, Poland.