THE WINK OF AN EYE
Anita Andrzejewska, Krakow, Poland | anitaandrzejewska.pl
Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kracow, photographer and illustrator of children’s books, Anita Andrzejewska is also a traveler.
For many years she has been involved in art and social projects that connect Europe to Asia. Among other things she has led an art workshop for kids in Ahmedabad, India, and has collaborated in various photographic-literary projects in Poland, Iran, Turkey and Italy.
She is the winner of the Minister of Culture scholarship as well as many other Polish and international prizes, including the Project Competition at the Santa Fe Centre for Visual Arts in New Mexico and the children’s illustration competition “Figures Futur” in France. Her work has been exhibited in Japan, the USA, Iran, Turkey, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Spain, Iceland, Hungary and Slovakia.
She usually photographs with analogue technology and makes the silver prints herself in the darkroom. She also runs photography workshops for children and adults.
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THE WINK OF AN EYE
“There is a kind of standing-still quality, or stalemate, in which comments and remarks become unimportant, and seeing things as they are becomes the real thing.”
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoché
“An old courtyard in Poland, a street food stall in Burma or a stone in the Iranian desert – any place, wherever, even ugly and boring, can become fascinating. This occurs when I actually begin to see what I’m looking at, when I immerse myself in the reality and forget myself as the observer. The most important element of this process is the state of mind: attentiveness, openness and freshness – qualities characteristic of contemplation. In practice, I just wander with my camera, conscious of the fact that I do not need to change anything, just notice what is already there.”