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Photo essay Conceptual

Justyna Neryng

Self-taught photographer Justyna Neryng has an interesting and diverse body of work in which she explores classic photographic genres but somehow she manages to make them all her own.

Tell us a little about your background – what path led you to becoming a photographer, and to doing what you’re doing today?

I consider myself to be a self-taught photographic artist, with a background in fashion and painting.

I was introduced to photography at a very young age by my Father,who taught me the physics of photography. I have spent most of my childhood taking pictures with him and developing them in our darkroom at home.

There are no boundaries on the direct path of doing what you love to do, and sooner or later your talent will see the world!

How would you describe your work?

Most of my work is very “figurative” I guess , however I am more and more drawn to the conceptual approach and storytelling photography.

I am particularly interested in portraiture and the human body. For me photographing people or making portraits is a necessary part of my practice. Two-way exchange between myself and the sitter, often trying to capture or reveal anything other than what's on the surface.

As for my nude works , it's the other way round..I like to show the truth in my pictures,to me it’s clear there is no beauty without imperfection.

There is nothing more human than the human body. I also work with self-portraiture, mainly to experiment, occasionally creating art in my own image, immortalising myself in the process.

What would you say is your approach to photography?

Photography is a difficult and clever medium. On the one hand it is deceptive, full of untruths. On the other hand, it has powerful means of expression, so that we can make sense of the world.

What have been one or two favourite recent projects or commissions?

My favourite but maybe not so recent ( 11 years old) is the “Childhood Lost” series . An autobiographical project, self portrait in a different body, exploring the nature of portraiture and memory. All the images are of my daughter dressed in hand made costumes.

Which other photographers, designers, artists or creative people are you loving at the moment?

I am and have been for many years a huge admirer of Bill Henson’s work. Photographers such as Jeff Cowen and Billy and Hells are very inspiring to me as well.

© Pictures by Justyna Neryng