"I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed." (Garry Winogrand)

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Not that it matters, but... I have been interested in taking pictures since my teenage years. For a long time, photography gave me an equal share of joy and frustration. The joy must be familiar to anyone who makes his or her own prints—to see black and grey shapes emerge on the surface of orange-lit, wet photographic paper is an unforgettable experience. However, that early joy was often accompanied by frustration. Having to rely on the poor quality materials that were available in my country at that time was often painfully disappointing.

This changed many years later when I bought my first digital camera. This camera gave me full control over the technical and creative process. With an enthusiasm comparable to that of my school years, I started spending long hours with Photoshop downloading, organizing, cropping, and enhancing.

In comparing my new photographs with the older, pre-digital era ones I realized that my interest had shifted away from the big picture to small details. I was no longer interested in sweeping panoramas or landscapes, but, rather, I was attracted to details, fragments, and sections. Instead of seeking out the unusual or unique, I sought the ordinary or the mundane. Indeed, I began to photograph objects or scenes that might seem, at first glance, to be average and unassuming, but which revealed intriguing or aesthetically pleasing aspects when viewed through my camera’s lens.

This departure from the big picture made me see the world in a new way; it allowed me to appreciate the unexpected beauty of intricate textures, the intriguing geometry of towns and cities, the spectacular subtlety of nature’s color, the order in chaos and chaos in order.

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My exhibitions:

Invitation

Spectres of D-Eastopia

21 kwadratów - my third exhibition

RED SQUARE GALLERY presents Jurek Durczak a.k.a. jurek d.
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    przemko.stachowski says:

    "Jurek!
    If it had not been invented photography
    surely you would be a painter!

    Jurek!
    Gdyby nie wynaleziono fotografii
    napewno byłbyś malarzem!

    Sincerely
    Przemko"

    12th July, 2011

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    Ania.Photography - travelling says:

    "Jurek is a great artist, his photography is very powerful, bold, vivid and intense,so alive and unique...He has a Wonderful eye for color, shapes and subjects,he sees the unusual and the absurd,
    it's a great pleasure to see his sight of "everyday life", I'm a big fan of his work, Very, very inspiring. thank you!"

    27th February, 2011

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    Neta Gov says:

    "ARTIST ! (point)"

    3rd November, 2010

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    wjosna says:

    "Master of golden composition, sensitive and intelligent eye, great friend.
    One of those photographer who make Flickr such incredible place.
    So instead of reading this testimonial go and browse trough his work - you will find much more interesting things there:)"

    3rd April, 2010

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    o|o lianne says:

    "I totally love Jurek's photography. He works with detail, light, texture, smell, perspective and meaning and most likely never goes anywhere without a camera (except for social settings). I want to hang my house full of his framed art, and one day I will travel to Poland to see how he works."

    3rd February, 2009

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    salvini55 says:

    "Jurek is the Master of Detail. It is not important where he is: city or country side, he always finds something unusual, or just usual but missed by others. His titles are often surprise for me by its association giving the picture another dimension. And I like it!"

    21st December, 2008

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    kepje says:

    "instead of reading this testimonial, simply click "← Photostream" on the left and enjoy the world of Jurek's photos, full of vibrant colours, wonderful details and things you don't usually notice...

    I'm addicted."

    16th September, 2008

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    iamnotanumber8885 says:

    "With his fine sense of composition, Jurek can focus on ordinary parts of the world and make them special. This alert photographer notices things that many other eyes would ignore, giving his stream a refreshing and inspirational quality. His subject matter is diverse but usually includes a fresh perspective on whatever he points his camera at. Aspiring photographers who want to know the secret of creating great shots in a wide range of contexts could do worse than studying Jurek D.’s entertaining photostream."

    18th March, 2008

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    mseidman says:

    "There are probably thousands of brilliant photographers on Flickr but there are relatively few who make me stop, look, and try to learn, try to see through another's eyes. Jurek's one of those few: I've already seen a difference in my work (some of it), in my subjects, because of what he's shown by example. And even if I couldn't learn, every stop on his stream brings a smile. I love starting the day with him. (And I love his word games...welcome to a new renaissance.)"

    19th October, 2007

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    Nick_in_Atlanta says:

    "Jurek is an amazing photographer. He has an amazing eye for detail. His photos often allow me to see things of great beauty that I would normally dismiss as mundane. The high quality of his large body of work is never compromised and he is an inspiration to me and many others."

    12th September, 2007

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    saultakesphotos says:

    "Looking at Jurek's photos is good for your soul."

    16th May, 2007

Name:
jurek d.
Joined:
February 2006
Currently:
Poland
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Email:
jurek.durczak [at] gmail.com