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Original note (as posted in Febr.2007)


How close can you get ?
Is it possible to get so close to another human being with your lens, there is no more room for breathing…
So close…To share the wounds with another human being…
So close - to see his/her cavities… The hair in the nose… Read the mind…
Is the lens of my camera so powerful to register that close encounter…?

Let's try once more…

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Photographing celebrities…!
Capricious, with a huge blown ego - celebrities.
Their faces are known to every adult and child in the country, continent, sometimes the entire world !!!
The images in magazines, newspapers, movie posters on the streets, everything is there but the PORTRAITS…?
Portraits! All of a sudden it's a different world. A world reserved for the inner circles.
I have no studio, no connections, no name…It's just me and my PRAKTICA…
Therefore - I bribed, I sneaked, I played dummy (easiest part (:-))), I talked, I smiled deceivingly, I lied, I kissed their hands and their asses, and I was doing my business - pushing that bloody shutter button.
I refused to be a paparazzi. If I can't interact with my medium, I won't do it. If I can't control the situation - I won't do it. They're famous, I'm not…

We'll see…?

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Marek Perepeczko simply refused. He wanted to talk only. I insisted on taking the snapshots. He finally gave up. Just three-four unobtrusive clicks - allowed.
No more than that.


"Did you finish"? - he asked.
Yeah…I nodded my head.
"Good! I want to be left alone now"
He picked up the matchstick from the table and put it in his mouth. Completely unexpected, the next and last click of my camera reverberated like the noisy sound blast of a rifle in the quietness of the room..

"You son of a "….!!!!

Then he smiled. For the first time he smiled.

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Marek Perepeczko died few years ago. Gentle giant (almost two meters tall !) of the Polish movie and theater industry.

This picture is a tribute to HIM.

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You may find your original critique in here or, in here

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