“I am a Polish photographer and designer based in Berlin. Since 2015 I am working full time on The Moving Camera Project in which I use mobilized camera obscuras (Latin for “dark room”) to examine the everyday dynamics of WATER and URBAN LIFE. After spending 2 years 2015-17 driving around New York City with van-turned-camera, I am currently cruising through Europe inside the floating camera: that is my photographic laboratory to investigate the relentless forces of waters [moving water landscape]. Having the long-term passion for the medium and its materials, I explore the limits of photographic expression by exposing images directly onto large-scale sheets of color photographic paper, creating direct-negative images without film or digital technology. Each photograph made is one and only unique artwork.
Floating Camera Concept and Inspiration:
I have been dreaming about the floating camera since 2012 and the antiquarian process of the camera obscura (from Latin “dark room”) has long fascinated me. As photographer and designer, I have a strong interest in the energy of space and the power of light. There is something utterly beautiful about being in the pitch black room and after few minutes start seeing something you wouldn’t think is there. The idea of seeing what’s beneath has always interested me.
The concept of the floating camera [obscuraboat] came to me one day when I was swimming. My swimming is solitary, therapeutical Zen, when everything else is left behind, only the relationship between myself and the water is present. I take a simple dive into the inner discovery, focusing on the movements of my body and the water. And in that moment I really find a time…allowing my mind to wonder.” Maciej Marcowicz
Floating Camera at River Spree, Berlin. Concept sketch for Übermut Project and Triennial of Photography Hamburg. Courtesy: Maciej Markowicz