Angelika Siemieniuk – Artist

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As American photographer Garry Winograd once said “I photograph to see what the world looks like photographed.”  I pursue photography to create a representation of my idealistic outlook on life.  I have an ability to truthfully capture a person, place or moment as it was.  But I can also fabricate and create whatever reality I choose to.   Pictures are like the materialized reflection of my imagination. 

My curious and restless mind led me to study Cultural Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan/Poland and photography at the University of Brighton.

I am passionate about archetypes and symbolism of dreams.  I am drawn to things that are shrouded in mystery and practice meditate, yoga and 5 Rhythms dancing. As a young girl I was exposed and inspired by cinematography, especially director Krzysztof Kieslowski.  I love his intuitive and personal approach to characters.  Kieslowski’s frames are like poems that operate with metaphors and allusion to give the true depiction of reality.  All of this shaped me as a person.

My work is mostly portraits, where I celebrate natural beauty and diversity without creating a representation. 

In my latest ongoing project ‘Photo Synthesis’ I welcome every woman to embark on a journey to connect with their inner picture and honour their beauty.  For me, femininity is like a plant; it is going through photosynthesis and needs light and energy to grow.  Light can do so much for a portrait and us.  In my photography I like to feel the intimacy of my encounters, creating a reflective space that seems removed from the fashion world.

What is important to me is to show women that they don’t need to be stuck in their imposed roles.  Women can recreate themselves; my work is a process of mutual inspiration.

www.angelikasiemieniuk.com