The result of years of work by the photographer, this photobook shows the variability of the Polish ice world. This year, Kacper Kowalski received the International Photography Awards for the project.
The first photos in the book were taken during the winter of 2016 and 2017. From an altitude of 500 meters, the Polish photographer took photos of the Vistula, the last big river in the region, which is nevertheless threatened by drying up. During his explorations, Kowalski captured the ever-changing state of a frozen lake. “These icy shapes are elusive—morphing into different shapes, disappearing under fresh snow, or melting and transforming,” he pointed out.
Kowalski’s art draws our attention to the essential relationship between man and nature. Looking at his photographs, we can discover familiar images in the icy landscapes: symbols that lie at the very depths of the human psyche and that we all share. By exploring the origins of the forms and signs that permeate our entire culture, in Arché, myth, and reality are interconnected.
Kowalski’s next photo book, Event Horizon, will be published as a complement to Arché. The two books will relate to each other as day and night, as conscious and unconscious, or as man and woman.