Ciao Patrycja, how are you?
I’m doing alright! I’m working intensively on my project and looking for “hidden” places…
What is photography for you?
Photography for me is a medium that can be used to visualize the emotional background of things—”something” that lies beneath words and is hard to articulate. Currently, contemporary artists use multiple tools to share their observations and reflections, inviting viewer into a general discussion.
I reckon that mixed projects which consist of photography and different medias or archival materials can bring a particular subject into sharp focus. It makes the story more understandable and interesting. But photography itself gives an opportunity to communicate with people and provoke them. It allows to trigger thoughts in the viewer’s head.
What is Cache about?
Cache is about Geocaching, an outdoor treasure-hunting game created by Dave Ulmer. Players of the game—the “geocachers”—use GPS devices to find places unknown to them (of which they acquire the coordinates via Internet) where small treasures—the “geocaches” or simply “caches”—were hidden by other geocachers. The cache can be a coin, a small toy, a button, etc. and is always found with a log book where the geocachers can record their findings. They can also keep the cache, but in that case they must replace it with a small object of the same value for other players to find.
With these photos I use geocaching to emphasize the process of searching as an indirect way of communication, both in reality and a virtual space. The act of searching may also intensify a feeling of being lost: knowing the geographic coordinates does not guarantee that you will reach the right location. The device can get out of range, which might cause you to get lost in an unknown space.