Who is Aleksandra Nowysz and how and when did you get into photography?
I’m an architect, researcher and photographer based in Poland. I’ve been always working with picture as a tool for creative expression, but I only started make photos recently. Last year, I participated in the Sputnik Mentorship Programme and this experience I am more aware of photography language.
Has growing up in Poland influenced your work?
The polish environment in a visual and political meaning is very untidy and noisy. I grew up in a context of incoherence. I guess, I’m looking for distance and calmness in a disorder.
How would you describe your style? Do you have any influences?
I am still developing my style, but I don’t see a need to close in one aesthetic. I don’t like “cozy” pictures, I prefer scenes of suspense. I guess, my architectural education has influenced my work a lot.
Are you working on any projects at the moment and where can we follow your work?
Yes. I almost finished the essay “Tufo”, which is about inhabited landscape in south Italy. You can follow my instagram, where I will put some sample of this project.
Can you talk a bit more about ‘Tufo’?
Tuff (from the Italian tufo) is a type of white rock made of volcanic ash. Tuff has been used as a construction material for a southern, Italian town – Matera. Ancient part of town called Sassi (stone) is a habitat excavated in a tuff rock. Furthermore, it is an example of vernacular architecture ? made without architects.
All nearby landscape derives from tuff rock. Matera is surrounded by quarries, which are source of the construction material. The volume that was excavated from quarry was used to built an urban habitat. Space morphology could be depicted as dichotomy between negative and positive landscape, here city is an extension of natural landscape. This is a productive landscape and inhabited one. The process of continuous change is very visible in this place.
You can follow more of Aleksandra’s work on her Instagram @aleksandranowysz