The striking image that graces the cover of the March issue of the Krakow Post is the work of local photographer Paweł Wewiorski. We spoke to Paweł to find out more about the man behind the lens.
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Krakow Post: Where are you from?
Paweł Wewiorski: I’m from Rzeszów, about 150 km east of Krakow. It’s almost the last Polish stronghold on the way to Ukraine and the Bieszczady Mountains, and is full of good people, shopping malls and with a very interestingly shaped concrete monument in the centre.
KP: How long have you lived in Krakow?
PW: About nine years.
KP: Where do you live in Krakow?
PW: I live in Pychowice in Debniki – a charming rat hole near Skałki Twardowskiego Park. I used to live on the Podwawelskie housing estate, which was a very interesting place closer to the city centre.
Paweł Wewiorski: Walking Swan
KP: If you could live anywhere in Krakow, where would it be, and why?
PW: The roof of the Forum Hotel, once it had been adapted for convenient living of course.
KP: What’s your favourite part of Krakow to photograph?
PW: That would be Podgórze, especially the older part.
KP: Do you prefer to photograph people or places?
PW: It doesn’t matter to me, I like to photograph both equally.
Paweł Wewiorski: Smoker
KP: Did you study photography or are you self-taught?
PW: I did not study photography.
KP: Do you sell your photographs, or is it simply a hobby?
PW: It’s a hobby that results in a few examples of official appreciation, some photo stock work and new friends on online photo portals.
KP: Which photographers do you admire, and why?
PW: The list is long, and unsurprising. My reasons are simple – I just like to look at their work and they inspire me. Examples include Eugenio Recuenco, just because he is Eugenio Recuenco, Seth Casteel for incredible photos of dogs, Tomasz Gudzowaty for his black-and-white photos, Tim MacPherson for his ideas, Peter Lippmann for his colours and Justin James Muir for A Book of Beards.
Paweł Wewiorski: Manager
KP: If you could photograph one person or place at any time in history, who or where would it be?
PW: That could me my father just after my birth. It could be interesting, especially with me in his hands – I wouldn’t mind taking that photo. Or my son’s portrait when he is 66 years old.
KP: Where do you like to relax in Krakow?
PW: I like Kopiec Krakus and its surroundings when the weather is good. I like the Święta Krowa pub on ul. Florianska when it’s cold, and I really like Błonia and the bicycle route along the Rudawa River.
KP: What’s the best thing about living in Krakow?
PW: The best thing about living in Krakow is that, after nine years, I still haven’t seen everything.
KP: What’s the most annoying thing about living in Krakow?
PW: The smog and the traffic.
KP: If you were King of Krakow for a day, what would you change?
PW: I would order the building of a cable car connecting the four quarters of Krakow, and Krakow with Zakopane. This job would be well paid and completed on time – dream on!
Paweł Wewiorski: Self Portrait
Front page photo: Paweł Wewiorski:Rainfall II