q)Who are you? Where are you from and where do you live now?
a)Hello, My name is Wojciech Grzanka also known as “voogee”. I live in a small town Jelcz-Laskowice located in Poland. I work as a webdesigner with friends in Helldesign.net., and after the work I take my camera and take a walk around my neighborhood taking pictures of everything that interests me: people, nature, macro, animals, and even astrophotography... but I feel best in photomontages, where I try to combine all these categories into one, using different techniques to create something unreal, surreal, unusual - something that is only in my mind.
q)What is it that you do? What media do you use?
a)As I have said, I take pictures with different themes - gives me a lot of fun, but the most satisfaction I have when creating a photomontages. My work is very emotional and personal, often surrealistic and “dark”... My works are created by digital technology - now I use a Canon 5D Mark II, from which the images are processed in Photoshop and occasionally in other programs. It all depends on the idea and what and how I want to present.
q)What do you think sets your work apart?
a)I hope that a load of emotions that are contained in my work, makes people like to watch them. I try myself do not to inspire on anyone, even cut off from watching the work of other people, although it is known that it is virtually impossible.
q)How long have you been showing your work for? Did you have a “big break?”
a)I have been showing my photomontages relatively short - about 4 years ago. "Big break"? I hope that everything is still ahead. I create mainly for myself and published only on the Internet, but I would like to organize an exhibition with my photomontages in the future.
q)What are some things that have inspired you?
a)My personal experiences are the main factor that have inspired me. Emotions that I feel reflecting on life, trying to understand it... The impact on what I make are also people who surround me, the music I listen to and even the weather ...
q)What have you been working on recently?
a)Recently, I have been experimenting with lights and night photos... I always wait for the right moment, trying to do not force myself, so I leave my ideas in sketchbook, where they are waiting for “materialization”.
q)Do you listen to music while you create your work? If so, would you give some examples?
a)I love to work when TOOL or Archive are playing... I like also Clint Mansell, System Of A Down / Serj Tankian, Porcupine Tree and many, many others ...
q)Do you do work in any other media? Other projects not necessarily related to your main body of work?
a)Not really. Sometimes I made short movies, but it is a derivative of what I do, so it's not a completely different media. I once loved to draw with a pencil, but that was before I had my first computer :)
q)What advice do you have for artists looking to show their work?
a)Well, do not force people to watch your works. First of all, you need to focus to open up for the world around us. Sensitivity helps in perceiving things that others do not see. So keep your eyes around the head and draw inspiration from everything that surrounds us and then your works will say for you – let's people judge them. That's the best way.
q)Do you have any upcoming exhibitions of your work that you can mention?
a)Yes, but it will be not connected with my photomontages. At April 1, 2011 in Jelcz-Laskowice will be an exhibition of panoramic images of my city, which I am the author.
q)Where can people see more of your work on the internet?
a)In addition to my portfolio: http://grzanka.pl I have my own blog: http://wojciech.grzanka.pl , sometimes I do a panoramic photos: http://jelcz-laskowice.grzanka.pl , also have an account at: http://www.photodom.com/member/voogee , http://www.flickr.com/photos/wojciech_grzanka , http://voogee.deviantart.com