Weronika Biernacka, @w_biernacka on Instagram, is a 21-years-old photographer from Jasło, Poland. She express her humanistic approach of photography through poetic compositions, each photograph being a subtle mix of strong architectural lines and pastel tones. She tells us more about her style and her relationship to photography.
Which path led you to photography?
I’ve been involved in photography for a little less than a year, I bought my first camera in May. I have always put some kind of artistic pressure on myself because I’ve had a strong need to express myself through art.
Of course, sometimes it was pretty successful, sometimes not. Before I went to university, I tried drawing, singing, writing poems, but I have always been terrified by the awareness that I am not the best in what I do. I got burned out in many activities at the very beginning just because of putting too much pressure on myself. When I started my studies, I had no plan to involve in photography, I was more interested in cinematography. I started with making short films, and I realized I have quite the eye for it. And then I thought I could also try photography.
How would you describe your style?
My photography may be characterized by simple form and reference to graphics. For me, minimalistic photography is the art of observing the object as a whole and an attempt to re-express it in a modest form. It requires insightful observation, creativity and imagination.
What does the architecture & minimalism always combined with a human presence represent for you?
My works are focused on architecture. Although it may indicate that the photographed objects are definite and well-defined, this is not the case at all. I define space as a collection, the elements are bonded by various elements and relations. That is why human is so important to me. He becomes an element of architecture, its inseparable part, therefore giving it a completely new meaning.
Which photographer(s) influenced you the most?
At the begging of my journey, I found the artworks of a German contemporary artist Franz Erhard Walther – or rather black and white photographs of his artworks taken by Timm Rautert.
Thanks to the fact that I started interpreting his works, I have understood that the architecture, which surrounds us, may also function as an art installation that I can interact with.
Photography turned out to be an opportunity for gaining a different perspective on my surrounding.
What inspires you to create in general?
Definitely travelling and discovering new places. Sometimes, I spend hours at my computer just to find some inspiring locations. About a year ago, for example, I read about an architect Ricardo Bofill, and I found out about the Muralla Roja. I immediately decided I must get there one day. When I finally entered that building this year, I burst into tears.
The idea of travelling thousands of kilometers just to see one place gives me a lot of energy.
Find more about her work on her website.