Photographer Piotr Bieniasz from Galway, breaks down the meanings behind his style of photography. Piotr explains how his fascination “with tragedy, drama, tales & macabre” has influenced the way he chooses to create concepts and images.
The theme of this project, ‘Once Upon a Time’ is one which Piotr describes as ‘dark romance’. Piotr breaks down the concept, dark romance, as a fusion of “beautiful yet sometimes disturbing images”.
Taking us on a journey to explain his thought process when making photos, Piotr expresses the importance of drawing the viewer in and provoking them to ask questions “such as ‘why?’ And ‘how?’” by twisting reality in his work.
Once Upon a Time is a culmination of art forms such as film, at times music, books, tales and animation. The photographer uses this concept to not only capture emotive images but to also explore and develop his ideas and concepts.
Each photo in this project holds a sense of “misery, desolation, dark art and hidden beauty.”
For Piotr, Once Upon a Time conveys “a personal narrative that is achieved through exploring the relationship between the camera, photographer and the subject”.
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