Witek Kaczanowski (pronounced “Vee-tek Catch-an-off-ski”) is a 20-year-old photographer majoring in neuroscience and minoring in French on a pre-med track at the University of Colorado Boulder. He was born and has spent the majority of his life in Denver but, by the age of 13, he moved to Poland. By 16 he moved again, this time to Pennsylvania, where he graduated from high school. He’s been very involved in both dark room and digital photography.

"4 Day Scarves" by Witek Kaczanowski “This woman learned how to makes scarves when she was 12 years old and has been making them ever since. It is the tradition of some Karen villages for the women to make these elaborate and beautiful scarves. Each scarf takes about four days to make, but each one is quite unique. I purchased one for my mom.”

"At Rest" by Witek Kaczanowski “I got up at 5 o’clock in the morning before leaving to Ha Long Bay so that I could walk around Hồ Hoàn Kiếm, the center city lake in Hanoi. At 5:20, I saw the emergence of food carts, spice sellers and people going to work. By around 6:00 the entire lake was surrounded by men and women of all different ages exercising. These gentlemen had most likely already worked out and were taking a break by the time I got to them.”

"Big Data" by Witek KaczanowskiBig Data is taken of my mother, Laurie Kaczanowska, at the Big Data exhibit at the Art and Science Museum in Singapore. The exhibit itself demonstrated just how much data we use and depend upon, and how our capacity for using it has grown exponentially since the first computer.”

"Child in Colour" by Witek KaczanowskiChild in Colour was a chance photo, which is my favorite kind. The photo was actually taken of the child while the bus was moving. I barely recognized that there was a child on the bus before picking up my camera to take the shot. The grainy texture, evident of major cropping, is due to my having no time to switch to one of my larger focal length lenses. Instead of cursing it, though, I recognize that I don't think I could have the picture without it, as it creates an almost surreal effect within the photo.”

"Man" by Witek Kaczanowski “The inspiration for the piece Man comes from my father. Although he wasn’t present for the taking of the picture, he has been a role model of mine since a young age in the realm of the arts. The man in the picture, who resembles Picasso to an extent, reminds me of the very portrait of my dad painted by Picasso that I remember looking at throughout my childhood.”

"Monks" by Witek KaczanowskiMonks was taken while taking a break from exploring the temples of Siem Reap. The weather there was so hot it was just about impossible to continually explore without a water break now and then. These colorfully dressed monks were just leaving the shops when I took this photo.”

"Rare Birds" by Witek KaczanowskiRare Birds was taken while on a trip to a museum with a good friend of mine, Bryna, who also happens to be the subject of the photo. To understand the true importance of the photo you have to know that Bryna is a caring, warm-hearted and imaginative person. She embodies courage and has inspired not only my photography but my life in general.”

"Man" by Witek KaczanowskiThrough Lines is a view of one of the numerous hallways of Angkor Wat. The famous temple is absolutely humongous, and luckily we devoted just about the entire day to wandering about it. We arrived at the temple at about 5:10 a.m. (early enough to see the sunrise over the main temple), accidentally bypassing the park fee booth. We rode to the temple on bikes (7.5 km) which in hindsight was a terrible but extremely exhilarating idea. We had a dog run after us growling and barking for two blocks. Easily one of the scariest moments of my life.”

 

 

 

 

 

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