Mieczyslaw “Mietko” Rudek

Mietko Rudek. Artist’s own archives

Mieczyslaw Rudek, called “Mietko”, was born in 1956 in Bochnia, Poland. He is a self-taught graphic designer, photographer, independent artist, but also a journalist and blogger. 

Mietko’s conception of art revolves around what he calls himself “war on perfection”. As he explains: “I am sick and tired of perfection. In this case “Perfect photographs”. Do You remember Holywood movie when Michael Douglas asks the question “What is wrong with this picture?” while holding a burger in his hand and comparing it with the picture above the cashier? My answer to that: “Everything”, yes everything is wrong, we don’t have any more photographs showing the world which surrounds us. Everything must be PERFECT, even a burger. So I decided to make shots which you may connect with pictures in your memory, something that you can feel and see. As we know it isn’t perfect. Can we have more light then the sun is giving us? Yes we can, but I don’t want it, let me use what we have. Can we have more pixels in this file? Yes we can, but I don’t want it, I leave it to the people who must photograph burgers.
So, what am I doing here? I capture the essence of our vision, the way we see the world and try to freeze the colors, the movement, and emotion connected to it”.