Tomasz Gudzowaty (Born 1971) Polish Artist
Another master of the black and white photo, using classic form and old technics, Tomasz knows every deep recess of the black color, shadows and glow. I like how he can catch the moves and the faces. His works reminds me of a lot of fabulous artists: Tom Hoops for his portraits, Burtynsky for the industrial side, Julie Christe for animal’s moves…
“He first began with nature photography, then turned to social documentary and for the last few years he has been focusing on sports photography. He is particularly interested in non-commercial sports, and also those that are not present in the media, sports that are exotic, atypical or somehow outside the mainstream.” Car race in Mexico, Parkour everywhere in the streets, girls boxing in India, monks fighting in China… All the sudden, we are facing the humanity head-on, without any background we can immediately feel the no return point of the body.
He presents all his series in the form of essays, telling the story of people he was following, sharing the everyday life. Extreme everyday life. My favorite serie certainely is Of Eagles and Men.
Of Eagles and Men Essay
Winter in Mongolia is one of the most dreadful climates in the world. Here, the temperature falls well below minus thirty degrees centigrade. Before going outside, autochthones dress in long sheepskin coats and extra hide trousers, because they know that when you start to feel the cold, you are already in terrible danger. In such a barren environment, it may be a stretch of the imagination to realize that we’re in the middle of what was once the greatest territorial civilization in the history of the world: the Eurasian Mongol state. In the course of less than two centuries, the nomadic empire decayed and new powers flourished in its place. But still living within this territory is a tribe called the Kazaks. Historically, this tribe has its roots in various Mongol and Turkish clans; they live as a corporation of freemen. Hunting with eagles is an old tradition of this people and has no equivalent in other cultures. You’ll find no eagle marketplace among the Kazaks. These eagles are captured wild and serve their masters for five years, after which the birds are restored to freedom, marked with a white ribbon – a guarantee of liberty until the end of its life. Mongolia’s Kazaks probably never heard of the Gaia hypothesis, nor some other western ideologies. Their entire ethical code is founded on a few simple rules. In their world, loyalty is the supreme virtue – the condition for survival – shared almost miraculously by both bird and master.