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I grew up in Bielsko Biala, Poland, a small city famous for goose down comforters. Its about an hour from Krakow. When I was a kid, I ate a lot of potatoes and cabbage. I am the oldest of 4 boys. My dad, Leszek, liked to make pickles in the basement and watch soccer. My mom, Danuta, loved to cook. She made blueberry pierogis and red beet soup. My favorite was farmer's cheese mixed with sardines. Bread is optional. She loved to travel and she would take us out of town on the weekends.
When I was 17, I dated an artsy blond girl named Olga who was a photographer. I always wanted to be an artist but I was horrible at drawing.In the few months I was around her, I realized that I had a knack for still life photography. That pretty much sums up how I became a photographer.
I moved to Michigan when I was 20, got a degree in Fine Arts and Photography while I parked cars at night and learned English from my 3 roommates. Fast forward 10 years later. I live in New York permanently and create images for a living.
I love creating conceptual images, pushing the boundaries of still life photography and resolving client’s problems with an inspiring imagery. I still like red beet soup and blueberry pierogis, but I also like beef with broccoli and spicy tuna rolls these days.