Agata Kacprzak is a photographer you can always rely on when it comes to intimate, honest photography. Read about comfort zones and blurry childhood photos.
Were you always interested in photography? As a child as well? Or how did it begin?
I can’t recall how it exactly began. I can’t remember myself using a camera as a child. I never owned one those days. Although I can remember one moment: I’m not over 10 years old. I ask my father if I could take a photograph (think it was Christmas time) and he allowed me to do so (it just involved pressing a button). Camera feels heavy. I have an extreme urge to see how it comes out so I wait impatiently for the film to be developed and I remember my embarrassment when I saw it shortly after it was ready. It turned out blurred and I hated it. Possibly, it might have been the reason of not taking any stronger interest in a camera during my childhood. I choose to draw and paint instead. But again, my paintings or drawings weren’t great. Other kids at school could reproduce objects as they appeared in reality, I couldn’t and I thought I wasn’t as good as them. Sadly I never felt confident but I persisted in doing it.
I started taking photos in secondary school but at that stage I never thought it would have influenced my life so strongly a few years later. I had dreams of becoming a thousand of professionals at the same time with a very strong interest in archeology.
If you look back to being a kid, what do you wish you had taken pictures of?
Maybe myself. It’s fascinating as kids don’t seem to be concerned in themselves. This kind of awareness is being born so much later.
You photograph lots of interiors but also open spaces? What’s the significance of each?
Interiors seem to me intimate. They are spaces that divulge a strong connection with the human being who inhabits them (or used to do so) and thereby is a part of them. Interiors define and affect humans. We always tend to have a need for a comfort zone, a place where we feel safe, sheltered, unseen, private – this place is usually called home. On the other hand we tend to lock up (in a metaphorical way as well as literal), then a comfort zone transfers into our prison. Open spaces, on the contrary, are associated with every kind of freedom.
There are certainly public interiors too which are a separate category. Its absorbing how humans relate to them, how overwhelming it can get.
I would state that interiors are associated with introversion where open spaces stand for external world, common. They belong to everyone and to no one at the same time.
Although, whether in or out, I believe every photograph is a reflection of the internal condition of its author.