When asked what inspires her to take pictures, Polish photographer Joanna Gałuszka tells us, “I like different parts of the human body—neck, hands, feet, hair. All living details are potential sources of inspiration.” Amongst her analog images of couples and lazy melancholic adolescents lie a collection of pictures that communicate this interest in the pieces of people that, while being unrelated and disconnected, form a portrait of the anonymous people and feelings Gałuszka prefers to capture.
Twenty-year-old Gałuszka has been in her “serious period” of photography for just two years, and uses the medium as a catharsis. “My emotions and imagination needed a way out,” she says, “I neglected my hands in my early years—I never trained my drawing abilities, although I am talented in this field. Photography turned out to be the ideal way of expressing my emotions.”
Of her criteria for a good model, Gałuszka told us, “I like when girls start dreaming while the pictures are taken and they give themselves to the photography. I don’t like unnatural posing; it all must be spontaneous. You should look carefully and then you can create something delightful from nothing.”
Gałuszka is based in Kraków, a place she says that has a little more support for the arts than Poland in general (though that is still not a lot). “Here, engineers or celebrities are much more respected than photographers or painters. We have many talented artists but they’re underground. Our country is full of conservatives and people without good educations, so art is not popular. The level of teaching is not high in the case of photography and it makes it difficult for young artists to get their start. Moreover, people here tend to be jealous, and they are unlikely to be happy because of the success of other people. It is usually a painful fact, an insurmountable obstacle for vulnerable people…I think that in Poland it is not easy to concentrate on the artistic part of life only.”
Despite this, she sees the creative potential in her home: “Beautiful women and lovely landscapes make up for the character of the Polish society.”