Driving across America with your camera does not seem like an extraordinary idea for a series of photographs. There are people who would say that after Robert Frank there’s really no point in repeating this particular route. Nevertheless, for over 50 years many photographers embarked on the same journey, creating their own photographic documentation. Some of them approach the subject like photojournalists, others focus more on the surrounding landscapes. There are also photographers who concentrate on people only and those who simply follow in Frank’s steps. The list goes on.
Jacek Fota found a different way to describe his roadtrip across the States. Long kilometres, vast space, occasional meetings. In spite of its smooth surface, these images bring certain uneasiness. There is something obscure, coarse and surreal about them. Here there are field notes, a visual notebook, which helps you to remember. The viewer repeatedly experiences the feeling of deja vu. You will find images that are clearly inspired by existing images. Their sheer number is also disturbing. Has Fota been to the same places? Did he choose the exact same point of view on purpose? Or maybe since there are so many of these anonymous, almost-the same shots, we already have lost our objective outlook on them?
The result of this journey is a book “Some Things are Quieter than Others”. A purely visual notebook without one word of explanation. Words supposedly spoil the image, trying to explain too much of the image. Fota erased all captions, anecdotes, even place names. What is left for the viewer are images, almost unfamiliar but then we have seen it somewhere already.
4th September – 18th October 2015
Leica Gallery Warszawa, MYSIA 3, II floor
Vernissage: 4th September, Firday, 8 p.m., admission free
Exhibition open: Monday – Saturday: 10-20; Sunday: 12-18