In this series of black-and-white square images, the photographer tells a story of Polish countryside, traces of human presence, and time.
Sedimentation, a geological term to define the accumulation of sediments, was used by Zjeżdżałka as a metaphor of different layers of time overlapping over the of provincial Polish landscape. The series consists of photographs taken in 2000-2009.
Zjeżdżałka’s way of photographing Polish landscape is simple and realistic, as if he was pointing with his finger: this is an interior of a house, old factory, an elementary school classroom. The artist was recording realistic and unpretentious scenes: he limited expression techniques to enable the first-hand experience.
Zjeżdżałka liked details and geometrical compositions, he was interested in the landscape of the transformation period. In Sedimentation, old adverts and objects, falling plastering and aged wallpaper, in short – the traces of human presence, tell about the past. He himself said about those settings:
I was always attracted to places which accumulated time. Although I rather avoided a direct presence of humans, some of their traces would always be there.
Photorealism exhibition catalogue
In works of photographers who focus on objects, a person would only appear somewhere between the fixed details, 'squeezing in where he sees a little space', as Piotr Sommer wrote in his poem Indiscretions.
Originally written in Polish, translated by AG, edited by MB, Dec 2018