Wojciech Szczerbetka is a photographer in his third year at Goldsmiths studying Media and Sociology. The images in this profile capture his time in Tokyo and they are treated as Wojciech’s photographic exploration of the Japanese capital.
His trip was inspired by Tokyo’s imagery as portrayed by his personal street photography heroes Daido Moriyama, Keizo Kitajima, Seiji Kurata and Katsumi Watanabe, which he decided to reconstruct in terms of his own, personal experience. Photography served Wojciech as a way of dealing with the culture shock he experienced. He used his camera as a tool of trying to grasp the ceaseless information, a sort of visual souvenir, but also, in a way, his own, subjective, photographic vision of Tokyo.
What can be seen in his pictures is what he would link, loosely, to Guy Debord’s idea of Society of a Spectacle – the authentic social life has been replaced with its representation. In the streets, in the underground – people spend their time being on their phones, on social media, rather than enjoying their social life the way it is. Thus, a sense of isolation and the ‘lonely crowd’ can be found in my images.
Wojciech agrees with Susan Sontag’s assertion that ‘photography creates a new way of seeing.’ He believes the role of a photographer is someone who has to be at the right place, at the right time. Wojciech believes Goldsmiths helps to nurture creativity by giving people opportunities to showcase their work.
This is the first time Wojciech has shown his work to a larger audience. You can catch more of his images through his Instagram: @wojciechszz
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