Sexaxa - one day in the little African village
The project Sexaxa I started in 2014 and finalized by publishing the photobook in 2016. The book is a short report about a particular day in the life of a small African village community, a record of human behaviour, situations and places which illuminate the lives of these people. It shows one of the few still existing places on our planet which have not yet been mutilated by civilisation. It introduces people who know the meaning of words ‘respect for another human’, people who can still share their worries, solve their problems together and help each other. It demonstrates that there are still places on earth where people can listen to each other, where love and respect for other people are still highly valued. In conclusion, this book is about beautiful people who have golden hearts and who are friendly and welcoming to themselves and to all who visit them.
Welcome to my Personal Photography Projects Page. You can find here a few of the projects I was inspired by everyday life and essential factors which are not always discovered by ordinary people who are busy running pursuit of money.
Woodberry Wetlands - predation of civilisation
The work is about the powerlessness of wildlife against the destructive development processes in London. The irreversible effects of human thoughtlessness and greed on still free and unspoilt terrain non-incorporated yet into the urban structure. I want to say about places that until recently were open spaces and homes for wildlife and birds, and, in the near future they will be fenced with the skyscrapers.
I love nature, and as a scout, I spent my youth travelling through more and less wild areas of Poland. Since I was a child, I was taught respect for nature and to live with it in symbiosis, do not destroy that what allows us to live. It does not matter where I am, I love our mother Earth, and I will always stand in her defence. My weapon is a camera, and I will use it to open the eyes of mankind to this grave problem.
My medium for this assignment is a digital file. I used a full-frame DSLR camera, and I photographed everything in black & white, but in the future, I would like to use 6x9 medium format film camera. Black and white photography, in my feeling, is full of colour and, I believe that black & white pictures keep the spirit of narrative stronger than the colour image would.
This project arose from the influence of work of Sebastião Salgado and his sensitivity to the problem of adverse global changes on Earth, Alexander Gronsky's Pastoral project and Ilkka Halso, and her future's vision of the world as the Museum of Nature.
Stanford Hill - The Hasidic Jewish
"Janusz Miarka's project is a fascinating insight into why many of us find it difficult to accept people who we regard as alien because of their appearance, culture or religion. His focus on the Hasidic Jewish people is illuminating and perhaps provides a solution to what is required to encourage us to live in harmony with everybody no matter how strange they appear to be.
That is to understand them and thereby realise that they are human beings with the same needs and desires as everybody else in this world albeit expressed in a different way. This realisation may well lead us to treat everybody with respect no matter how different they may appear to be. Motivating people to want to understand rather than simply judging on face value is difficult however but this project is fascinating enough for us to want to read it without realising that it's purpose is not just to educate but to change our attitude to these interesting people!"
Dr Boikanyo Trust Phenyo
Motion in London - the time flow in the city
This project is about movement, rhythm and the flow of time in a big city. Made in London, it refers to its most well-known places, such as the Nelson monument, London Eye or Big Ben. Repeatedly in pictures, I placed a double-deck bus as the identification of this city.
The inspiration for this project was the Snyder and Allen essay (Photography, Vision, and Representation, 1975) and the work of the Argentinian photographer Estaban Pastorino Diaz (Shinjuku # 1, 2005).
I used two photographic techniques to implement this project. The first one was used to show motion based on displaying a blurred object or objects on a sharp background by using long-time exposure. The second technique is to show the size and dignity or domination effect of the purpose, in this case, London, and I achieved it by shifting the camera to almost ground level.
Bridges of London - a reflection on the legacy
The Bridges of London project is a series of images depicting London bridges connecting both banks of the River Thames in the form of a triptych. Fascinated by the diversity of their shapes and construction forms, their quantity and history, I decided to photograph them all. As the final product of the work, I decided to create photographic prints in two sizes — one in size of 30 x 30 cm iconic Tower Bridge. And nine in size of 10 x 10 cm, three of each construction form, which is beams, arches, trusses and suspension, both arranged in the way of a triptych.
The project raises aesthetic and architectural issues of historical background as well as referring to the matters related to the role and meaning of these bridges in everyday life of London in the past and the present. A medium-format analogue camera with a specific square frame was used to implement this project, and the images were recorded on a black and white film. The square format as mentioned above juxtaposed in the form of a triptych creates a full panoramic frame, which shows the bridge in all its glory, without unnecessary distortions, also taking into account the appropriate amount of detail contained on both its sides.