Artist Statement - Jan Kulikowski
These are images of places I have loved on my travels. Part
of my delight in travelling is seeing the "new scene",
the lure that makes me walk further, stay later, or even, good
heavens, get up earlier!!
The dreamy waterscapes are from Lovina and Lake Bratan in
northern Bali. It was quiet when I was there in 2000, and I caught
the sense of simple beauty, quiet and calm away from the crowds.
I made time to stay in small places, in the hope of developing
some understanding of life there. I think these unhurried images,
mostly of early mornings, have captured some of this.
In 2001 I travelled for four months in Europe, gladly lugging
the photographic gear around Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Poland.
There are so many beautiful corners to photograph in the old
quarters of cities! I love the texture of old walls, lamplight
around corners, the polished glow of cobblestones, washing flapping
overhead. I find old quarters fascinating, as a vibrant present
life is lived in the presence of the architecture, tradition
and memories of past centuries. I find this mix sometimes odd
and always charming.
I also love the quality of the light in Europe, it has a certain
softness so different to Australia. In some of the landscapes
I have tried to capture the soft mist, or last gold autumn light,
the change of colour and tone in the trees and grasses, that
I loved when I was there.
As a traveller, and outsider, it is possible to see the everyday
things with fresh eyes, a different perspective. This is also,
for me, part of the wonder of photography: the different perspective.
Capturing an image for others, offering that 'new scene', finding
that new perspective.
I love travelling here and there.