Martin Stavars is an experimental photographer from Poland that has a sort of fascination for landscapes and urban scenes. He was been featured in magazines all over the world and won several photography awards. Born 1981, Czestochowa, Poland. Martin Stavars is also a Managing Editor of Neutral Density Magazine. Gallery Representation: Art Gallery Ryf, Zurich, Switzerland; Kontemplacje – Warsaw, Poland.
He has always been fascinated by landscapes – places that are absolutely desolate, where He can stay one on one with nature. For Martin, the growing joy right before pressing the shutter button as well as the possibility of interacting with the world filled with inspiration is as important as the creative act itself. This initial fascination has rapidly grown into obsession that eventually took control over his life.
Since the beginning of his adventure with photography, every landscape has been an unforgettable experience, thanks to which He has learned how to interpret light – the single most important (and the single most waited for) factor that shapes images. On the other hand, lighting is directly connected with another key element of photography – luck. Proper weather, interesting cloud patterns or even a couple of sunrays breaking through the clouds, have many times decided that after a couple of failed attempts He was able to reach a satisfactory effect the moment nature displayed her most unpredictable face.
Lately, his interests widened to cityscapes, where He pursue qualities characteristic to nature – harmony and peace. As it is getting harder to find traits like that in our more and more hectic world, while taking pictures in the biggest European cities He had to develop the most important virtue of a photographer – patience. That is one of the reasons why there are usually no people (or only their silhouettes) on most of his photographs. But such character of work is also a result of other factor. Whereas taking pictures with the main focus on a person involves emotions that are relatively easy to define, depicting an empty street or portraying pulsing nature usually requires qualitatively different feelings that have to fill in for the missing elements, thus making such photograph something more than a simple document.
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Official site: www.martinstavars.com