15th of May 2021: Uncritical portraits of Glasgow Rangers fans- Portraits
- Editorial Photographer / Photojournalist
15 of May 2021: Glasgow Rangers fans celebrating 55th league title, first after 10 years in George Square in Glasgow.
In my work, portraits of people occupy an important place from a long time. Recently, I have changed my idea to create them. I’m not only interested in the subject of photographing itself, but the mere interaction with – me and a subject. I’m using a 17mm lens, in photography we call it an ultra-wide angle lens. Which means I need to be approx 1 meter (or a few feets) from my research subjects to create a portrait. Such a philosophy gives me the opportunity to deeply participate in the process of their creation. Then the topic isn’t important so much even, the emotions and relation between me and people are important. Here the creative process takes place, It’s a kind of researching of myself and others. I’m the kind of agent that enters the environment, I stay naturally part of it and its reflection and my creative traces are the photos taken. Then I learn a lot about myself, overcome my weaknesses, develop and tame my fear. I cross the next frontier of my creative development.
This time I took on the topic of football fans in Scotland, exactly Glasgow Rangers. Although football has long ceased to interest me. This isn’t the first time that I have had the opportunity to join the community of fans. For example, It was the case in Toruń with the fans of Elana Toruń and speedway club Apator Toruń. The first time that I tried to make portraits of a fan was 2 mouth ago. Unfortunately, then I was considered a journalist (they hate them very much), and I was very quickly thrown out, drenched in beer and battered. It wasn’t pleasant. And I’m really surprised that I decided to risked it a second time.