Throughout my life, I have enjoyed photographing interesting texture, colour and architecture. Photography has always worked alongside my art practice supporting what I do and likewise, it also works in reverse and sometimes they become entwined.
What first inspired me was seeing the sepia images of far away countries such as India photographed in old books. I also enjoyed the early black and white glamorous portraits of film stars and the every day and night photographs of Paris by Brassaï and Robert Doisneau, particularly their depiction of natural scenes of interiors, the Paris underworld and the romantic carefree life of the city.
It was after seeing an exhibition of Bauhaus art and photography that I became interested in photographing architecture. The Bauhaus had inspired me and I looked for the beauty in buildings and every day ordinary things which is why I am inspired to engage with street photography and taking photos of buildings when I travel. I was always intrigued by the contrasting angles and shapes of the Bauhaus.
When I first started at art college in my teens, it was Man Ray who inspired me with his surrealist college and what are in many ways ‘early digital effects’. Man Ray has always been a continuous and sub conscious influence in my work.
In later years when I moved to Liverpool, I became introduced to inspiring photographers such as Tom Lodge with his magnetic photographs of people on buses and in the city. I later became interested in the surprise element of street photography and capturing images that I felt established themselves as found art in their own right. My sources for this subject matter are every day chance things that catch my eye and that I feel have an interesting and unexpected poetics. In much of my work I am aiming to capture a sense of nostalgia or something that stands out as art in its own right through colour and form. You can browse further photos I have taken on my flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/alice_lenkiewicz/