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RENATA RATAJCZYK (cont'd)

 

Many of her pictures are enhanced in Photoshop where Renata’s imagination blossoms: "I am not trying to create art which will reflect the world as it is. I just try to recreate an imaginary world, a world that is known to us only through mythology or by analyzing hidden structures in the human way of thinking. My work is often intuitive. Sometimes I am not sure why I show certain things in a specific way, but I just feel it is right."

Before she started using a computer, she often experimented with a variety of photographic printing techniques, and also combined images in the darkroom, adding special textures. With a computer, though, she says she can achieve many special effects faster and with better results without spending hours in the dark inhaling poisonous chemicals.

Self Portrait of Renata In the Italian Style

"Self Portrait of Renata In the Italian Style"

Now in her thirties, Renata is frequently called on to do assignments that range from fashion to photojournalism. She handles them all easily. Her Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Warsaw has helped her relate well to the people she photographs. And she gives her parents a lot of credit for influencing her to form positive relationships with others,

"They taught me to be honest, to love people, to try to do as much good for them as possible and to be sensitive to other people’s needs. They also encouraged me to be curious about the things around me - not only whatever was obvious and visible, but also for the more hidden and spiritual world." All of which result in photographs that have a certain quality that touches something deep in the soul.

Renata is always studying the work of other photographers she admires. She particularly likes the painterly style of photographers such as Joyce Tenneson, Robert Farber, Sarah Moon, Deborah Turbeville, and Aaron Jones. She says: "I believe that we never should really stop learning and one of the best ways to do it is to see what other people do."

 

 

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